Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.
Luke 2:11 HCSB
Some of you may question Jesus’s birth, life, human death, spiritual awakening, ascension, and the legacy he has left for us to continue. You may question if Jesus is the son of God, is actually God, or whether God is of Spirit or flesh. Or you may be whole and full on the belief that God is Spirit, Love, Life, Truth, and all in all, and that His son is Jesus who was born to human parents to bring us the Truth and way to salvation. You may believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that Jesus was the one who taught us this reality.
It’s not as important to me if whether Jesus was born from a virgin through the power and will of God, and not human conception. In Hebrew, virgin, referred to a female’s age range, that she was no longer prepubescent, and that she’s unmarried. It had nothing to do with her sexual experience. That’s why the categories given to females were: virgin, married, divorced, and widow. Somehow we jumbled it all up, and chose not to consult with Jewish people about their word’s meaning.
But, even if Jesus was born through human conception, God placed His spiritual powers within Jesus to see, speak, think, feel, hear, and heal unlike anyone before or after him. God placed Jesus here to teach us how to live, love, and treat others. Jesus was sent to teach us the Truth about God, ourselves, and our relationship to the Father.
Whether Jesus was born in spring or winter is not keeping me up late nights. Yes, it was during spring. Shepherds don’t let their flock out to pasture at night during the winter, it’s too cold. Also, Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for Joseph’s family to take part in the census. A census wouldn’t take place in the cold of winter knowing that families would have to travel to be counted.
But, guess what?
We’ve been celebrating it in the winter for centuries. Billions of people won’t suddenly switch up and start celebrating in April. Easter oftentimes lands in April. It would be a logistics nightmare. Do you celebrate Jesus twice in April and then celebrate St. Nick aka Santa Claus in December?
That’s what happens when we complicate moments in time by making them highly commercialized national holidays.
I’m not here to argue if Jesus was born 2,019 years ago, or between 2,049 and 2,089 years ago. I choose to believe that he was born, over 2,000 years ago in his dad’s family stable, surrounded by people who loved him and knew he was special.
All that matters to me is the peace and joy that fills our hearts when we say his name and think of him. What matters most to me are the moments I contemplate, “What would Jesus do?” Or “What would Jesus say?” when I do or say things that aren’t Christ-like. Or those moments right before I act, that could stop me from being unloving. That’s what matters to me.
When I’m ill, in pain, sad, angry, frustrated, lost, or confused—what matters most is that I believe in Jesus and God. That belief has saved me from death, freed me from depression, pulled me out of unhealthy and unloving situations, healed me from sickness, closed up wounds, fixed the impossible, and cleared cluttered paths. That’s all that matters to me.
That’s what Christmas means to me—the Christ in all of us, and the Christ we want to have in us. Christmas means family, overcoming odds, taking care of the least of God’s children, thanksgiving, and looking at how we can be more like Jesus in our walk, talk, and thoughts.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. May be peace be with you today and always.
Father, thank You for blessing us with Your love, light, peace, and joy. I pray that we truly embrace them and spread them throughout the world so that each of Your children can be brought to smiles and laughter. Father I thank You for Jesus. Even with the doubters in the world I never doubt You or Your son’s existence. I never doubt Your love and desire for us to have all that we need. I pray that all I need is provided by You. I pray that as You bless me I can overwhelm others with blessings. My cup is never empty. I have to always remember that. In Your Holy name I pray. Amen.
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