I was teaching a song to a group of 30 children in church the other day when I had a thought. A thought that I hoped would gather their attention and their thoughts on the importance of the birth of Jesus Christ. I asked them how many years ago Jesus was born. They told me “2,000 years!” excitedly. Then I asked them if other people were born 2,000 years ago. They said “Yes”. Then I asked them why we don’t celebrate all those birthdays. And I got some interesting responses. “Because Jesus is so important.” “Because he died for us.” “Because he loves us.” My last question to the kids was, ”Will we celebrate Him in 2,000 years, 4,000 years, forever.” And they said we would. That we would truly celebrate Him forever. It was a sweet experience. Even now, it has me thinking of the greatest birthday party we hold every year. In honor of a sweet baby, born in a stable.
I know there are a lot of doubters out there. People who don’t believe in God or Jesus or creation. But I don’t have any doubt that there was a baby born. A baby who would grow to be a child to a teenager to an adult. That this person would be Jesus. That he would live a life worthy of emulation. The only life worthy of complete emulation. That He would perform miracles, die for us, live for us, and provide teachings for us to live a perfect life or as perfect as we try. That he would stir up the world in such a way that 2,014 years later, there would still be controversy. There would still be a great desire for people to find Jesus Christ and to make a spot for Him in their lives.
This time of year is sweet. A sweet reminder of love. Of the pure love of Christ, the One who would change lives and soften hearts. Why do people feel so happy this time of year? Why do we reach out to others, donate money, donate time and feel the happiness we do? It is because of Jesus Christ. Because when we give, we are able to feel the joy of the One who has given us everything. He has given us a chance to change, to improve and to feel a perfect love from One who sacrificed His whole life for us. And willingly. My goal this year and every year is to make every day like Christmas. I know that's cheesy. But I also know that every day we serve others brings us closer to Jesus Christ. And that is one of the greatest gifts that we can receive.