Lk.2:1-7 – Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all the people were on their way to register for the census, each to his own city. Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
What do you remember of Christmas’s long ago? What really stands out after all the memories of Christmas present begin to fade? All of us have different memories of course, very few will be focused on the Christmas presents. All those toys from Christmas past are gone and mostly forgotten; what still stands out after all these years is what I want to talk about today.
My family had a tradition that we practiced every year. No, I’m not talking about matching pajamas or stockings or when we opened the presents. We used to read the story from Luke about our Savior’s birth each year. After all these years have passed that is what I still remember. The funny thing about this is I remember wishing my dad would hurry up with the reading so we could get to the presents. The presents are long gone but the story of His birth still stands. One thing that really stands out to me was the first Christmas that I returned to New Orleans while in Bible school. I remember my dad asked me to read the story that year. What a moment in time for me, Christmas was no longer about getting high or what am I gonna get this year. Jesus had come into my life and I could never be the same. Christmas had changed forever for me, my world could never be the same. What mysteries and miracles are waiting for us on this Christmas. Maybe your family will see Christ’s redemption story come alive before their eyes. When that happens the meals and the gifts just sort of fade away. The story of His life changing birth become our Christmas present.