Crowded Out Christmas
Luke 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn”
I have some thoughts for us, not deep theological thoughts, but some devotional thoughts, about Christmas.
The more I read the account of our Savior’s birth, the more the Lord shows me. What a blessing that the Word of God is so rich and deep.
Year after year, Christmas after Christmas, I am reminded of God’s great love for us, and I am refreshed with God’s goodness to us.
In Luke 2:7, we are confronted with quite a shocking reality.
The Creator God, who spoke the universe into existence, and breathed the breath of life into us, when man became a living soul, came to us as a helpless infant.
He could have come in any way that He wanted. If He wanted to, God could have forced His way in and demanded our worship.
However, this was the greatest act of submission that has ever been recorded. God submitted Himself to man so that He could become our Redeemer.
Even at the birth of almighty God, He was crowded out.
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Yet, there was no room for Him.
This time of year, with Christmas in full swing, there is no shortage of distractions.
Not only do we still take on our normally busy lives, but to that already hectic lifestyle, we add ten times the shopping, work parties, church productions, family get-togethers, and of course Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
It is sad to say, that Christ has not only been forgotten by the world, He is often forgotten by the Christian as well.
So here is the question, is Jesus still crowded out today? He can be crowded out in many ways.
1. CROWDED OUT OF OUR HEAD
It would not be hard to let Christmas go by without even thinking about Jesus.
Especially for families with younger children who want to watch Christmas movies. There is Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Elf, and of course, Jolly Old Saint Nick!
If we don’t, on purpose, take the time to focus this holiday on the birth Jesus, then it truly has become just another Pagan holiday for you.
2. CROWDED OUT OF OUR HOME
What is in your home, that actually reflects the Saviors birth, at Christmas time?
There is the Christmas Tree, the stockings, the flockings, the garlands, and wreaths, but where is the Savior?
If we think that setting up a small Nativity scene on our fireplace mantle is enough to counteract all of the other Christmas trappings, we may be mistaken.
What place has the Word of God had in your home this Christmas? How much prayer has been offered in contrast to the specials on the television?
3. CROWDED OUT OF OUR HEART
Tis’ the season to stress out.
There is a real increase in Christmas pressure, and financial strain, over the last 100 years, since Macy’s first set up a Christmas display in it’s store window.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are followed by Amazon binges. It’s gotten so over the top that the UPS guy is adored almost as Jesus.
Have you made room in your heart, to worship the Lord this Christmas?
Lastly, Jesus is often –
4. CROWDED OUT OF OUR HABITS
Tradition is commonly the order of business this time of year. It is not necessarily a bad thing when it draws your family closer together, and a spirit of generosity and charity is provoked.
However, the Christmas grind can quickly crowd Jesus out of our important spiritual habits.
Make sure you are taking the time to teach your children about the Reason for the Season, Jesus!
Sing some of the more spiritual Christmas Carols instead of the constant Jingle Bells, and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.
Has Christ been crowded out of your Christmas?
This Amazing Christmas song (video) should get your blood pumping, and your spirit lifted to the Savior!