Author: Sarah Rexford
Christmas is almost upon us!
With the holiday comes services built from hearts of gratitude, gifts given out of love, and celebrations born out of just that…celebration.
This season comes every year, but with it the feelings of gratitude never grow old… nor should they.
Jesus incarnate, born in a manger, Savior of mankind—these are reasons for gratitude. We celebrate Christmas and the humble, earthly beginning of the all-powerful Jesus Christ. Our heartfelt gratitude can come in several ways.
We are Grateful for the Manger
God sent his only Son to earth. Jesus took the form of an infant, growing, crawling, falling, and walking, just as each of us do.
But His humble, earthly beginnings made way for us to accept the gift He brought to earth – salvation. We are grateful for the manger.
We are Grateful for Obedience
Mary and Joseph were blessed with the responsibility of caring for our Savior and King, Jesus. But it came with a cost. Fearfully fleeing to Egypt, keeping Jesus safe from King Herod, and ultimately feeling the loss of a Son murdered on a cross were all very real aspects of their lives.
We are grateful for the obedience two people chose to give as they followed God in the raising of our Savior.
We are Grateful for New Beginnings
Jesus has existed for all of time, as He is God not just of creation and galaxies but of times and seasons. But He chose to come to earth.
He chose to let Himself be laid in a box cattle ate from. He chose to embrace the same beginning each of us had–that of a helpless infant. We are thankful Jesus chose to claim a new beginning. Because through His new beginning we will also have a new beginning.
As we celebrate the Eve of Christmas, the holiday itself, and the start of a new year, let’s thank the Savior for all He’s done. Salvation was the reason He came, but He gave up Heaven to bring Salvation down to us.
That is something worth being grateful for.
That is something worth celebrating!