Guys! There are only 4 more days until Christmas!!!!! Can you believe it? I can't! And even though I love Christmas day, the last few days before Christmas always end up feeling just a little bit sad to me.
Being the sentimental sap that I am, I enjoy the anticipation and "looking forward" to Christmas about as much as I enjoy Christmas day itself. And that's probably a little bit odd (is it? I really wanna know 😅) but that's just how I end up feeling.
I love experiencing the "opening acts" of traditions and events before experiencing the main event of Christmas itself.
But this got me thinking about how as Christians, this life is the "before". This life is the prequel to the main event of meeting Jesus face-to-face. And as much as I do love this life and want to live it as long as God lets me, I know that I need to be more excited about the main event in this case.
But why is that? Why should I be more excited about Jesus than the twinkling lights, delicious food, and awesome presents? Is it just because that's what I've been told? Is it just because I want to create a fantasy of some sort for myself? No, that's not it.
You see, if we look at who Jesus is, we will began to see why He is the main attraction of it all. Even the very names that Jesus is called throughout scripture show us that He is far more interesting and brilliant than anything we will experience in this opening act called life.
A well-know passage that comes to mind when I think of the names of Jesus says this:
The Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Emmanuel (which means "God is with us"). Isaiah 7:14
And then again in Isaiah 9:6 we read:
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.
Between those two passages alone, Jesus is referred to as Emmanuel (God with us), Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Ever-lasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. Those are some bold statements, that can be incredibly comforting and reassuring if we let them soak in.
God with UsGod is here. He lives among us through his Holy Spirit. He is with us every step of the way. God is with his children.
But "Emmanuel" also signified that God had literally come to earth in the person of Jesus. He became a man so that he could walk with us, talk with us, and ultimately, save us. When Jesus was born, he was literally Emmanuel- God was with us.
The Bible says that Jesus is our counselor. A counselor is someone who, well, counsels. Counselors help to calm the distressed. They help them feel better about the issues they have in their lives. But counselors don't just tell us what we want to hear- that would be a terrible counselor. No, a good counselor will calm us down, help us feel better, AND tell us the truth. They will give us the wisdom that we need whether it's what we want to hear or not.
Jesus is the same way. He absolutely comforts us and he absolutely calms us down, but he also puts truth at the forefront and gives us wisdom when he sees that we need it.
Mighty GodGod is mighty in power and he wins every battle. We are weak, but he is strong. And when we are at our weakest, he often shows up in full strength to help us.
Everlasting FatherJesus (who is God) is our Eternal Father. He has been here from he beginning and he will never end. He will continue to stick with us for all of eternity.
God really is a Fatherly figure- the perfect one, actually. He disciplines, he teaches, and he corrects us, but he also loves us. And even in the midst of his sternest of disciple, he still loves us with an ever-lasting, complete love.
He is a father to all his children. So whether you experienced a fantastic earthly father, or a pretty crappy one, God is still there. He is the perfect father.
As someone with anxiety, peace is a big issue for me. I rarely feel at peace, even when nothing is wrong. But praise God that he stands beside me as the Prince of Peace. Even when I don't understand what is going on with my life, Jesus is there and offering me peace- peace that comes through knowing him!
Prince of Peace
Peace is there when we don't understand our situation. Peace is there when we have been deeply hurt. Peace is there when everyone else has abandoned us. We just have to reach out and grab it.
Friends, Jesus is the main attraction- not just at Christmas, but in all of life. We can (and should) try to enjoy the holiday season and all the traditions and fun that comes with it. And we should enjoy this life (all the ups and the downs). But when it's all said and done, the most important and beautiful thing in the world is still Jesus and his love.