Celebrate Christmas by Celebrating Jesus

Daily Devotional

Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Celebrating Christmas without celebrating Jesus is like celebrating the birth of someone but leaving them out of the celebration.  

One of the lessons that the Christmas story teaches is that Jesus should be the center of your Christmas celebration. The Christmas story recorded in Luke 2 tells us that while Mary was pregnant and engaged to be married to Joseph they had to go to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. It so happened that while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger as there was no room in the guest houses because of the number of people who travelled there to also pay their taxes. An angel went and announced the good news of the birth of Jesus to shepherds who were in a field nearby . Following the announcement that the Saviour of the world was born, the scripture said in Luke 2:13-14 that suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest. The angels set for us the example; they celebrated the birth of Jesus by celebrating Jesus. The center of their celebration was to give praise and Glory to God, the same is expected of us.

It is easy to allow how you celebrate Christmas to be dictated by the prevailing cultural norms.  However, choose to be different by modeling your celebration of the birth of Jesus on the word of God. If you do that then your celebration will be more about giving praise and glory to God and less about the gifts, food and merriment. Make this Christmas celebration different by setting aside significant time daily to give praise and worship to God; He deserves it.

Life Application:  Celebrate Christmas by increasing the time you spend daily worshipping God. 

Prayer: Lord, I celebrate you this Christmas because without you there would be nothing to celebrate. Be honored and glorified I pray, in Jesus name, amen.

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