She stuck her hands into the cake! Then she stuck her fingers into her mouth! And it’s just what we wanted her to do.
Ruby turned one. We had a party inviting the whole family. It was all about Ruby. Ruby was the center of attention. We took pictures of Ruby. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Ruby.
Even when her sister and brother wanted to help unwrap the gifts, they were discouraged. We wanted Ruby to do it herself. It was a humbling experience for the three-year-old twins to realize little sister was the center attraction for this party.
With all the gift-shopping, tree-decorating, card-sending, extension cords, hurried travel, food preparation, gorging on said food, and holiday songs playing in every store and on radio stations, isn’t it amazing that the person whose birthday we celebrate barely gets mentioned?
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over shadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 NLT
Christmas celebrates the most amazing birth in history. The Son of God entered the world! Jesus was born of a real human mother, Mary, so he is fully human. Yet his father is God Himself, so Jesus is fully divine.
Jesus was like us except he was without sin. He grew up. In Jesus, God came Himself to show us who He is. He didn’t send an ambassador, representative, or messenger. He came Himself! He died on a cross for our sin. Believing in Jesus brings eternal forgiveness, salvation, and life!
So what are you celebrating? A day off? A big meal? Family? Shopping? Decorations? Winter?
Who will be the center of attention at your celebration? What a humbling experience it was for a couple of three-year-olds to realize little sister was the center attraction.
Will we humble ourselves, intentionally making JESUS the center attraction? Yes, celebrate in the traditional ways you enjoy, but remember WHO we are celebrating.
Our Father, thank-you for sending Jesus so we could be saved from our sin and receive eternal life. Help us keep Jesus the center of our attention this Christmas.
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