Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values
Happy New Year's Eve! On the last day of 2014, we leave you with one lingering thought about Christmas. Sister Enza reflects on two values that are integral to Christmas but often overlooked.
We just enjoyed Christmas, a time when we — and the world as a whole — celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus, our Savior.
We reflect on what it means. It is a time with expressions of joy and thoughts of peace on earth because love and redemption came to the world by way of a tiny baby born in a manger, Emanuel, God with us. We sing "Joy To The World," "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," and "O Come All Ye Faithful" while we ponder on Mary and Joseph and the birth of our Lord in a manger.
And yet, do we fully realize that the Christmas story — full of love, redemption, awe, and wonder — is incomplete without obedience and sacrifice. God's love story for us cannot be told and fully appreciated without acknowledging that obedience and sacrifice were present that first Christmas morning.
Think of what the birth of Jesus meant to Mary and Joseph, how their lives were turned upside down and what they endured being obedient to what they had been called to do. How great was their sacrifice?
Think about the Lord of Glory, His sacrifice. It was He who spoke the world into being, and he became a man, born as a baby, to live and die (cruelly) for us, being obedient to the plan of salvation.
Romans 5:19 says, "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous?"
This Christmas, let's reflect not only on the joy of His birth and the gift that came with it: salvation. But let's also think about how obedience and sacrifice were part of His love story, which was completed on the cross, and He sits at the right hand of the father, our Redeemer.
May we walk in His love and example, showing our willingness to be obedient and to sacrifice where we need to in order to draw close unto Him.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name" – Philippians 2:5-9
Merry Christmas, and may the peace of God reign in your hearts, and may your souls rejoice and sing "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.