Everyday is Christmas

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My friends and I were just saying how we wished that everyone was as happy all year as they are during Christmas. Our appreciation for the birth of Jesus and His physical entrance into the world should be shown every day. Not just during the month of December. Isaiah 9:6 says “for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.”

First, I want to reiterate the fact that all authority belongs to Jesus. It says the “government will be on his shoulders,” meaning that He rules all. Yes, we have presidents, kings, and queens, but in the end, Jesus will be and is the ruler of all.

Secondly, Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. A counselor is someone who advises, guides, and supervises the actions and decisions of a person. 

Christ is also the Mighty God and Everlasting Father. Jesus is God. Even in the Old Testament, Isaiah prophecies that this child (Jesus) will be born as God in the flesh.

Jesus is also known as the Prince of Peace. Let’s admit it - Christ offers a peace that no man, object, or thing can give you.

A recurring theme during the holiday is giving. Jesus is and was a giver. He instructs all of His disciples to give. Jesus said to His disciples “when you give.” Jesus is of course the greatest giver, by giving himself he gave us direct access to Him.

The birth of Jesus is something that should be celebrated daily and not just on this day. I don’t think many people think of the reality of who Jesus is because what he did gets blurred in a society that is so determined to cover up the gruesome facts with the good and happy details. Jesus wasn’t born in a clean environment—He sure wasn’t born in the typical stable we see in so many people’s houses today. He was born to an unwed mother, Mary, and His father was merely a carpenter. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords was born in the worst conditions. He didn’t enter this world demanding we bow down and worship Him. Instead, Jesus spent His whole life humbling Himself by becoming obedient even to the point of death—pleading with people to repent and receive the saving grace He offers. It was by design He chose to submit Himself to the Father and obey. Taking the form of a servant, the glory of God was clothed in humility. Let that sink in. No other “king” has come in the way that Christ came.

Christmas doesn’t have a zip code. We don’t worship a place, we worship a person. Isaiah 9:6 calls him the amazing counselor, strong god, eternal father, prince of wholeness. Christ is in us so we take Christmas with us no matter the calendar date. As followers, and family of Jesus Christ, our Christmas is eternal. So, whether December 25th meets our expectations or otherwise, we should celebrate that He came once, is coming again, and is here with us now.