Does Christmas make you emotional?
It definitely gets me “in my feels,” as the kids like to say. The nostalgia of it all is just overwhelming. I can’t help but remember the sleepless nights as a kid… anxiously anticipating Santa shimmying down the chimney, peeking down the staircase to see if he had arrived yet, and hoping not to be caught by my parents or, even worse, the big guy himself! But even more so than my childhood nostalgia, the Christmas season never fails to get me sentimental when I reflect on the birth of Jesus.
How do you think God felt on the day of Jesus’ birth? Was He a proud dad, beaming from ear to ear as He first sets eyes on His Son in the form of a newborn child for the first time? Was He heartbroken knowing that the joy of this child’s birth would be short-lived as He would hang on the cross 33 years later, dying a criminal’s death to save the whole world from all our sins? Was God filled with joy knowing that the rest of His kids would be saved through the birth of His Son, Jesus?
God must have been proud of His boy. Jesus would go on later in His life to address His Dad as “Abba Father.” The term “Abba” is used to describe an intimate relationship… a relationship that cannot be broken or torn apart. Jesus and Paul are the only two people in the Bible to address God in this way. It signifies the intimate depth of the relationship these two had with their Father. They loved the Father, and He deeply loved each of His boys.
The same pride and joy with which God looked upon Jesus with is the same beaming smile with which He looks upon you. God loves you because He made you uniquely in His image.
God wants you to grow into a deeper, transformative relationship with Him. That might look like serving your family well, giving generously, spending time in prayer, forgiving someone close to you, or even accepting the hope and grace that Jesus offers. How are you growing in relationship with Jesus this Christmas?