“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

This weekend families will gather together to enjoy each other’s company, eat good food, and exchange gifts. Many families will observe long held traditions. Some will read the Christmas story together from Luke 2. Some will join with their church families Sunday morning to worship together and celebrate the birth of the One who came to save us.

Think about that for just a minute, “the One who came to save us”.

Christmas is a time of busyness, giving, fun, and joy. At least it should be a time of joy; unfortunately sometimes the busyness tends to crowd out the joy, if we let it. The joy of Christmas is found in the giving, in the lights and decorations, in the movies and stories told over again every year, in family, and especially in pondering the fact that what we celebrate is that One came to save us. At the end of the Christmas story in Luke 2 it says that “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

As Mary held her Son she thought about all that had happened and all that it meant. She no doubt remembered the announcement from the angel that she would carry God’s Son, the moment Joseph came to her and told her that he too had received a message from an angel and that they would raise God’s Son together, these shepherds who had also received a message from an angel and left their flocks and come from a distance to worship her Son who is the Christ, the Messiah, the Lord, God Himself born as a baby.

She pondered these things.

Take some time this Christmas to simply be still before God and think on what it means that He would give up the glory of heaven to become one of us for the sole purpose of offering Himself as a sacrifice for our sin. A Savior was born, unto you, and unto me.

Merry Christmas

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