and he shall be named Jesus

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

-Isaiah 9:6


 

The time leading up to Christmas is always sort of hectic for me; a lot of bustling around shopping for gifts, cooking, baking, and trying to catch up with hometown friends and family. It is definitely a time that is not necessarily relaxing, but ultimately fulfilling. I always tend to remember the true reason for the season, but this year has felt different as I have started to fully grasp what this time means for us. The weight of this season is much more than we give it credit for.

You see, Jesus fulfilled a promise that was talked about for thousands of years! For the people then, it was a huge deal, and it should still be a huge deal to us today. Jesus came and lived on Earth. He willingly left his warm, comfortable place in Heaven to come and live in this broken world. Christmas marks the starting line of the most humble journey any human being has ever endured. The Son of God humbled himself to come into the world as a baby; the human’s most helpless life stage. Babies cannot do anything for themselves, they need someone to do physically everything for them. The Son of God simply let that happen.

He then lived 33 years of life on Earth. He went through being a toddler, child, teenager, young adult, and adult on Earth. Our broken, broken earth among the people He came to save. He went through every life stage that we did. The difference is, is that He lived them free from sin. Flawless, pure, perfect. He was faced with every temptation that we are, saw every difficult thing that we see today.

The reason for this was to fulfill God’s perfect sacrifice so that we could be saved, but I can’t help but see an even larger purpose to it (not surprising with His intricacy). The main goal was for Jesus to come and to die for us, but He also came to live with us to be able to say “Hey, I’ve been there, I’ve seen it, and I can tell you that you can get through this with me.” It’s a lot easier to believe what someone says if they’ve experienced the situation before, ya know? It allows us to see, to hear, to understand who Christ is and what He has come to do. It is one of the greatest and truest acts of love ever seen.

With today being Christmas, we get to celebrate Jesus being with us! Leaving His comfy right hand to live in the midst of darkness, hurt, and sin. So what can we do now? Well, I think it’s important to live a lot like Him. To put in more effort to love harder, give more, and think of ourselves less. I hope that we are reminded of the weight this event – that we take time to see that there are times we can choose to be uncomfortable because He deserves it. I hope that we choose to tell more people about Him; to invite others into the deep love that we are so undeserving of yet are given anyways. I hope that we praise Him in every single thing that we do, what He is so worthy of.

Emmanuel! God with us! He shall reign forevermore!

 

One of my favorite people passed this along to me, and I recommend listening to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddai8rkXWRs&feature=youtu.be

 

Merry Christmas 🙂