Love Jesus, Not the “Birthday”

By: Susan Bea Good

I’ll admit it…I don’t like Christmas!

The social demands, put on us for this biggest holiday of the year, are too much! Many of us feel obligated to complete every possible social encounter with a gift, meal, or seasonal gesture…often without the heart sincerity to match.

Please don’t misunderstand, I love Jesus! I love the fact that the Father sent Him to be born of a virgin, placed in a manger, visited by shepherds and wise men, protected by His stepfather Joseph and mother Mary until, as the God-Man, He would die an agonizing crucifixion to pay for my sins!

Loving Jesus is entirely different from loving Christmas.

Having tried many times to slow down the holiday frenzy, I’ve realized it can’t be done unless everyone agrees, and that never happens. I’m no longer a child awaiting a magnificent pile of gifts. Now I’m the mom, grandma, wife, neighbor, teacher, and coach…all roles that demand that I get on the roads, shop till I drop, spend til I’m overdrawn…and just get it done!

I have worked hard again this season to fulfill all obligations with a sincere heart of love. Even so, I failed my mail lady…she just came, and her gift is still sitting on my countertop. Maybe next year I’ll do it right…but probably not.

Hallelujah, in less than 48 hours Christmas will be over!

I do look forward to Easter…a time when the focus is solely on Jesus and His death, burial, and resurrection…no gifts, overdrafts, ice storms, or snow…just Christ and His cross-work.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which means, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.


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