When Christmas Becomes More

It happens every year. People pop in or down load or tune in to watch those wonderful Christmas classic movies and TV shows. We love the good will, human kindness, and divine intervention of It’s A Wonderful Life. The movies Holiday Inn and White Christmas are fun stories of love and kindness. Then of course there is the radical life change of A Christmas Carol and The Grinch that Stole Christmas. I love the Grinch’s famous line…
He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps… means a little bit more!

Many of us desire that ‘more’ of Christmas, yet we get caught up with expectations, shopping, endless things to do, family drama, that inner yearning for peace and meaning, and like Charlie Brown we scream out in frustration, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

If you are familiar with A Charlie Brown Christmas, you know that as Charlie Brown blurts this out, his best friend Linus steps up and tells him. Linus quotes Luke 2:8-14 proclaiming that Christmas is not about boxes, bows, or bags it’s about God who loved humanity enough to send His Son to not only show us how to live but be our Savior.
Luke 2:10-11 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Yes, Christmas should be a wonderful time of love and family and special gatherings and blessing people with gifts, but to experience the ‘more’ of Christmas is to worship Jesus. Like the wise men.
Matthew 2:11 And going into the house they (the wise men) saw the child (Jesus) with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Two ways they expressed their worship of Jesus. First they ‘fell down,’ they bowed down. These astute, kings-in-their-own-right, highly intelligent, highly respected, world renowned men of honor humbled themselves to this King of Kings, Lord of Lords.
Psalm 95:2-6 2 Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

To humble ourselves and bow down to Jesus is to place ourselves under His leadership and Lordship. To obey His will and way and to seek to honor His purposes in our lives. For…
His Might is unequaled (Psalm 93:4)
His Majesty is unparalleled (1 Chronicles 29:11)
His Grace is matchless (Ephesians 2:8-9)
His Power is supreme (Jeremiah 10:12)
His Care is permanent (Psalm 23)
And His love is never ending (Psalm 136:12)

Jesus is the Bread of Life, The Light of Life, The Good Shepherd, The King of Kings and The Lord of Lord…and as SM Lockridge so eloquently says; He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast, He’s immortally graceful, He’s imperially powerful, He’s impartially merciful…Jesus is worthy of our humble worship.

The wise men also worshiped Jesus by presenting their gifts, they sought to serve Jesus with their treasures. This is the worship of serving, to serve the Lord with our time, talent, and treasure as we love and help others, get involved in our church and community, to live out the lovingkindness of Jesus in our daily life.
Psalm 100:2-4 2 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! 3 Know that the LORD, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

The ‘more’ of Christmas is to not get, but to worship Jesus. Will you? Church is a great place worship Jesus especially at Christmas. If you are not already planning to attend a Christmas Eve serve we to invite you to attend one of ours. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . We would love for you to join us.

Seek that ‘more’ of Christmas in worshiping Jesus with you,

Mike

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