What is your wish for Christmas?
Christmas time is that one time of the year when most all children make their wish list for Santa, and answer the question asked by their parents and grandparents and others. What would you like for Christmas?
But what about all the adults in the world? What do we as adults want and wish for this Christmas Season?
If I was asked that question, my list would be long, probably longer than a lot of the lists some children write.
You see, I would wish for people to truly see and know the real meaning of Christmas, and understand it with all their hearts. The gift from our Heavenly Father God, of his Son Jesus that was born to a virgin named Mary that was foretold to her by an Angel, sent from God Himself.
How, when Joseph was troubled over Mary being with child; an Angel came to him in a dream to tell him his betrothed is with Child by the Holy Ghost. That she was still the virgin Mary, that he loved and was going to marry, and not to be ashamed because she was carrying the most precious baby of all time ever and ever, Jesus.
How before all this took place with Mary and Joseph an Angel came to Zechariah while he was in the temple burning incense and worshiping, and told him that his wife Elizabeth who was barren and up in years would have a child and that they should name him John. Yet Zechariah doubted and he was struck mute before leaving the temple and could not tell the people outside the temple what had taken place inside.
How when Elizabeth, who was in her sixth month of pregnancy, was visited by Mary who was her relative and as they greeted one another the baby Elizabeth was carrying, who was to be named John leaped in her womb, in the presence of the unborn baby Jesus, Mary was carrying. How both the women shared of the joys of their foretold pregnancies of John and Jesus. Oh, how wonderful that visit must have been! Can you just imagine the excitement the two women must have shared?
How there was a census for the first time ever, and each person had to travel to the homeland of their forefathers. So Joseph and Mary left their home in Nazareth and traveled to Josephs homeland which was Bethlehem since he was of the lineage of King David. Can you imagine how many people were there in Bethlehem, just imagine if all your family gathered in one place at one time? There would hardly be any room. That is what happened with Mary and Joseph, there were so many people that there was no room for them in the inn.
You know they were tired they had traveled a long way, Mary was pregnant and they needed a place to rest for her and her unborn baby who was coming ever so soon. So they went to the stable, among the hay and the animals to rest and stay, since there was no other place for them in the little town of Bethlehem. And that is where the most precious baby ever was born. In a manger in a stable in the town of Bethlehem among the animals. Don’t you just imagine that the animals too must have sensed it was a joyous event to be celebrated?
So joyous that God had a star shine so brightly over Bethlehem that shepherds living in the fields watching over the sheep saw it, and knew it was so special and came to worship the baby, Jesus. How the three wise men knew of it and traveled a great way following the star as well to see the precious baby Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh?
That’s what my biggest wish for Christmas is!!!!
That people would know the real reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus, the Son of God, being born to a virgin named Mary and her betrothed Joseph, in a little manger in a stable in Bethlehem, under the bright and shining morning star, that led the shepherds and wise men to come and worship him bearing gifts.
But you see, the most important gift, the real reason we share gifts, is because our Heavenly Father gave the people in this world, every person every generation from that day forth the greatest gift of all that first year of a census.
He gave us the gift of His Son Jesus, as a baby, who grew and lived and taught and did many wanders and performed many miracles and was even baptized in the river Jordan by Elizabeth’s baby John, that leaped when Mary and Elizabeth greeted one another.
Jesus is the real reason for this season we call Christmas. It’s not the toys and gifts and decorations and food and all the rest, its a celebration of thanks for the greatest gift ever given to man, the gift of God’s Holy Son, Jesus.
So as you celebrate Christmas where ever you may be, my prayer and wish is that you know, not just in your head, but in your heart, this most precious gift of all, Jesus, the Saviour and very best friend of all that truly know Him!!!!!
Oh, my other Christmas wishes on that long list I mentioned in the beginning, it’s quite simple.
I wish for joy in peoples hearts, smiles on their faces, a kind word to a stranger, help for a person in need, peace, and goodwill to everybody. Honest to goodness peace that can only be found from that most precious first gift of Christmas…. Jesus!!!
Merry Christmas to one and all, may God’s blessings and peace shine upon us and our families one and all!