C H R I S T M A S.
It feels as if the last month my life has been spinning, spinning, spinning. . . and refusing to stop. Parties, decorating, baking, wrapping, working, shopping, planning, eating, celebrating. . . and then – repeat the list all over again!
Is anyone with me that, while this is the most wonderful time of the year, this is also the most emotional time of the year? Two weeks ago I almost fell apart. The week was so busy that I didn’t know how I was going to function. Every day tasks became ginormous obstacles. I know I tend to be dramatic, but this time I’m being serious. The Christmas joy & festive spirit seemed to be afar off.
Somehow, at Christmastime, we tend to be faced not only with busyness, but also with an enormous amount of feelings. Some wonderful, some painful. Wanting the perfect Christmas that is always just out of reach. Facing feelings of hurt and disappointment from friends and family. Longing for a closer relationship with Jesus during this time of year but being bombarded by many things trying to keep you from attaining that goal. Struggling with feelings of discontentment as we see how all our friends celebrate their holiday, seemingly bigger and better than we do.
All of this and more.
Perhaps that’s why this one question has been spinning around in the head for the past few weeks.
Who do I need Baby Jesus to be this Christmas?
Ask yourself. Do it. I dare you.
We each bring different emotions, situations, personalities, hearts, and lives to the manger this Christmas.
As you stand in front of the manger, do you see Baby Jesus for who He is? Baby Jesus is everything, friend. Everything. No questions asked. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth for YOU. Jesus is the answer.
So, who do you need Baby Jesus to be?
Are you in need of Immanuel this Christmas? God WITH you. Every moment. Every second. Never to leave or forsake you. Ever present. Ever with you.
Do you need a Healer this Christmas? Is your heart broken? Has your life fallen apart this year? Baby Jesus came to put all those pieces back together. He came that you might have life. Abundant, full life.
Do you need a Counselor this Christmas? Do you need someone to hear you out, listen to your woes, care for your heart?
Do you need a Savior this Christmas? Are you far away from freedom? Are you bound by chains of sin? Baby Jesus is the Chain Breaker. He came to save your soul. Turn your night to day.
What about Peace? Are you lacking quiet and tranquility of soul? The peace of Jesus transcends understanding and comprehension.
What about Light? Is your way dark? Is the path you are taking in life dismal and dejected? How long has it been since you have seen and truly appreciated the light of day? Jesus proclaims that He is the Light of the World – YOUR world!
Do you need a Comforter this Christmas? Are you trapped in grief? Have you lost someone close to you, in death or separation? Are you in the process of watching your loved one go through the worst thing imaginable? When we mourn, He mourns with us. When we cry, He keeps track of our tears. Don’t lose heart. Run to the indescribable, comforting arms of Jesus.
Do you need a Master? Are you tired of the struggle? Do you need someone to take control of your heart, your life, your desires, your plans, your dreams, your wishes? Jesus is the Lord of Lords. He rules. He reigns. He is more than capable of directing your life. Will you let him?
Do you need a (fill in the blank) this Christmas? Whatever your need, Baby Jesus is the ANSWER.
Don’t leave this holiday season more broken than you were at the beginning. Come to the manger. Discover Baby Jesus to be everything you need this Christmas.