Have your kids every gotten jealous at someone else’s birthday party? Mine have. Little brother is opening his present and the older sibling desperately wants to have a present too. The birthday girl gets lots of attention today, but its our turn to simply wait and be happy for her. For some reason I always feel disappointed in my kids when they aren’t excited about a celebration for someone else.
But….that’s actually the way I am most of the time during the Christmas season. I think about presents and decorations and Christmas movies and Christmas treats–mostly in terms of how much I enjoy them for myself. Nothing against any of these joyfully anticipated Christmas traditions–I’m looking forward to them again this year! However, last night I was talking to my son and felt the urge to remind him that Christmas is really big birthday party for Jesus. We should enjoy all the celebration–the gift giving and songs and feasting–just like we do at a regular birthday party. But we enjoy it with him at the center of our attention. Its his birthday we’re celebrating—the birth of God in human form. Heaven on earth. The Messiah condescending to save.
It’s your birthday Lord Jesus. We’ll be feasting and singing and giving and receiving in your honor.