Waiting with Joy!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV

A beautiful sunrise reminds us all that Jesus is the light of our world.

December is here, that means Christmas is coming! Are you excited? Are you waiting with joy for the celebration of the birth of Jesus? I am, too! Jesus was also called the Christ. This comes from a Greek word that means the anointed or chosen one. Jesus Christ was God’s chosen gift to the world. Do you see “Christ” in Christmas? Yes? That’s because Christmas is all about Jesus.

This has been a difficult year for all of us. Sometimes we tend to see the things that are wrong or bad. Sometimes it’s hard to focus, or look, at the good things. This year, this Christmas, I want you look to Jesus. I invite you to wait with joy for the celebration of His coming to earth as a baby. I challenge you to see the grace and love of Jesus in Christmas.

Seeing Jesus in Christmas

We put up Christmas lights or light candles because Jesus is the light of the world.

We may put a star on top of our tree because of the star that appeared over Bethlehem to guide the wisemen.

We sometimes put an angel on top because of the angels that told the shepherds of His birth.

We give gifts to each other because of the gifts that the wisemen brought when they worshipped Him as a child.

We sing Christmas carols to tell the story of His birth and to praise Him.

We share love with our families and friends because of the love Jesus showed us when He came.

We set up nativity scenes to remind us that God, as Jesus, came into the world to save us.

We put up wreaths and evergreens to symbolize our eternal life because of Jesus’ salvation.

We read the Christmas story in the Bible, Luke 2:1-20, to remind us all of Christ in Christmas.

This week, maybe as you listen to your parents read the Christmas story from the Bible, draw a picture of the nativity in the stable or of the angels and shepherds in the field. Put up your picture as part of your Christmas celebrations. And let’s all seek to see Jesus all throughout this Christmas season.

Christmas blessings and joyful waiting!

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