By Carolyn Usher (written in 1998)
Christmas is coming but where is Jesus? Shhh now, we are not supposed to offend anyone! Dare we even say the “J” word as we celebrate our “Winter Holiday?” YES, YES, YES!! If we don’t tell anyone about Jesus’ birthday, no one else will. And there are people who need to hear the whole story. In fact, why not start by telling our own children?
Remember how Moses told the Israelites to tell their children about God’s commandments? In Deuteronomy 6, Moses tells the people to impress the commandments on your children, talk about them when you sit a home, and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you get up.
Let’s translate that verse for today, and tell our children about Jesus. Perhaps it would go something like this: Impress Jesus on your children, and talk about Jesus when you sit at home rewinding the video tape; when you drive your van full of little people to the grocery store or to the soccer practice; and when you lie down and when you get up (after having fallen asleep when you were lying down getting them to sleep!).
We may not see Jesus nestled in a manger scene in the mall, but reminders of Him are everywhere we look. So let’s look for reminders of Jesus and start talking about Him to our children.
How about the Christmas lights? The lights remind me of Jesus because He is the light of the world. (John 8:12) In fact, in heaven, the Lord God will provide our light. (Rev 22:5) Whenever we see Christmas lights, whether they are the beautiful ones on our trees, or the tacky ones around the corner or the dazzling ones at the mall, lights can be a special reminder to us of Jesus.
How many others can you find? When we look up at the stars on a cold clear night, we are reminded that it was a very, very bright and special star that led the wise men to Jesus. (Matt 2:21) When we hearChristmas carols in church or even at the mall, we are reminded that lots of angels sang when Jesus was born. (Luke 2:13-14) When we have a “family feast,” we are reminded that Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35) and that someday we will have a special family feast with God and Jesus in heaven. (Rev 19:9) When we see Christmas trees, we are reminded that Jesus died on a tree to save us from our sins. (1 Peter 2:24) When we shop for presents to give to those we love, we are reminded that Jesus gave each of us a very special present – His life – because He loves us so much! (John 3:16)
There are lots of reminders of Jesus all around us. Can you see them? See how many others you and your family can find as you prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.