Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you. You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Luke 2:11-12
Would it surprise you to know that December 25 probably isn’t the exact day of Jesus’ birth? Many Orthodox Christians, whose churches never adopted the Gregorian calendar, celebrate Christmas on January 7. And even perhaps the Savior of the world could have also been born in June? We simply do not know the exact date that the angel declared, “Today a Savior was born.” But that isn’t the most important part of the message.
Whether today ends up being a wonderful day, or if it doesn’t end up as you hoped it would, the events of today are not the most important part of the celebration. Wherever today finds you, the message is still the same. Messiah the Lord was born for you! What a life-altering fact! Jesus did not come to give us a sweet story to tell. he did not come so that we could have a reason to exchange gifts. Christmas Day is about God giving the gift of His One and only Son to you so that you could belong to Him.
The gift is the same whether you are surround by family or alone in your living room. It is the same on January 7 as it is on December 25. In fact, not knowing the exact date of Christ’s birth may be a gift in itself. We do not have to limit our adoration to just one day! A Savior was born for us, and that is worth celebrating any day. Today, let us commit to celebrating God’s gift each day of the year.
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