Don't Miss Christmas

“The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”—Luke 2:32-33 The signs of Christmas are everywhere, and they have been for a while.  I saw the first Christmas merchandise in the stores in August.

Now it’s in full swing. Houses are lit up, giant inflatable snowmen and cartoon figures adorn lawns, with the occasional manger scene.  Christmas trees on top of cars are carried home to be lit and decorated. The malls and stores are decked out and parking lots are filled to overflowing. Advertisers work overtime to entice us to spend money. Christmas music is in the air.

It truly is a wonderful time of the year!

But on the first Christmas, the night Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem, the night was largely missed.

There were no reindeer, or Christmas carols or bright lights and wrapped presents.   Children didn’t have trouble sleeping.

It was a night like any other night.

Except it wasn’t. 

All the signs and signals had been there for centuries.  The prophets declared a Savior was coming.  A Messiah would come.  He would be born of a virgin in the tiny town of Bethlehem, they prophesied.  He would be from the tribe of Judah, the family of King David.

And yet, most people missed it.

Why?

They weren’t paying attention.

Shepherds out in the nearby fields, keeping watch at night, witnessed a heavenly host of angels glorifying God. First, they were terrified, then they rejoiced.  They saw it!

But most people missed the birth of Jesus. They missed the signs and the significance of that holy night.

It’s easy to do.  While there are a lot of people celebrating Christmas, many of us, including believers, are so busy that we miss the Person who came to change our world and change our lives. We miss the love and comfort He came to bring.

Stop, breathe, take some time today to contemplate what really happened that night.

Don’t miss Christmas.

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley