Jeffrey A Knepper
First, rejoice in the birth of our Savior. We celebrate the birth of the Son of God, the Creator, our Messiah, Jesus The Christ. We rejoice that the King of kings came to earth, was born in a manger, and lived a perfect life. When Jesus was born, the joy of heaven was so great it could not be contained (Luke 2:18-24).
Second, consider His influence in our lives today. Christmas is a time for remembering the Son of God and renewing our desire to take upon us His name. It is a time to reassess our lives and examine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. This is a time of remembrance, of gratitude, and of forgiveness. A time to consider the Atonement of Jesus Christ and its meaning for each of us personally. Let it be a time of renewal and recommitment to live by the Word of God and to obey His commandments. By doing this, we honor Him far more than we ever could with lights, gifts, or parties.
Third, look with expected anticipation of His return. While the Christmas season is typically a time for looking back and celebrating the birth of our Lord, it seems to me that it should also be a time of looking to the future. Let us look forward. Let us prepare for that blessed day when He will come again. Let us be as wise as the saints of old, who watched for His coming earnestly.
I pray that during this Christmas season and always, we will see the purity of the story of the Savior’s birth and display sincere gratitude for His life, teachings, and saving sacrifice for us. May this gratitude cause in us a desire to renew our minds and to follow Him. May it also lead us to draw closer to our family, our church, and our neighbors. And may we look steadfastly forward to that blessed day when the resurrected Christ will walk the earth again as our Lord, our King, and our blessed Redeemer.
In 1 Peter 5:8 we are reminded to, “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. When Satan comes at us he doesn’t say, “hey, I am the devil; let’s ruin your life”.