HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS
anyone say, or, maybe you said it yourself, “It doesn’t feel like
Christmas…”? I was thinking about how we celebrate Christmas in
America. Even as a kid, Christmas was a big deal. For many years
we had put up a live tree, and then one year we got an aluminum
tree. My mom and dad really worked to make our Christmas special
as with other holidays such as Easter when once I received a
telegram from the Easter Bunny. We celebrated the holidays in a
traditional manner. One lady said it isn’t Christmas for her until
We laughed and I said, “I already heard them both.” I think there
are a lot of fun things about Christmas. It’s also a great time to be
with family and friends, not to mention Christmas dinner. Be that
as it may, I wonder how much Hollywood and marketers have
influenced the way we celebrate various holidays and particularly
commercializing Christmas. Never mind that it is supposed to be in
remembrance of Jesus Christ’s birthday. Nowadays Christmas has
sometimes become Xmas. We don’t want to offend anyone by
putting Christ in Christmas. In the Philippines, starting in
September, Christmas music is blasting everywhere. In America,
the stores are displaying Christmas themes earlier and earlier in
the year. However, in Christendom it is a holy day to celebrate the
Birth of Christ. Christians celebrate Jesus’ coming not only on
Christmas, but all year round.
Song: Bethlehem Morning
WHAT IF JESUS HAD NOT COME?
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring
forth a son,
and they shall call his name
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
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
There’s a song in the air!
There’s a star in the sky!
There’s a mother’s deep prayer,
And a baby’s low cry!
And the star rains its fire
With the beautiful song,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!
Some years ago a Christmas card was published, with the title, “If
Christ had not come.” The card represented a clergyman falling
into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming
of a world into which Jesus had never come.
In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there
were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or
wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save. He
walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its
spire pointing to heaven. He came back and sat down in his library,
but every book about the Saviour had disappeared.
A ring at the doorbell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor
dying mother. He hastened with the weeping child and as he
reached the home, he sat down and said, “I have something here
that will comfort you. He opened his Bible to look for a familiar
promise, but it ended at Malachi, and there was no gospel and no
promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and
weep with her in bitter despair.
Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the
funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word
of a glorious resurrection, no open heaven, but only “dust to dust,
ashes to ashes,” and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length
that He had not come, and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his
Suddenly he woke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise
burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels,
We can be glad and rejoice today, because He has come! The angel
“Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
He comes to make His blessing flow,
Far as the curse is found.
Speaking about holidays, every one of us has our own personal
holiday. I am of course, speaking about our birthday. I think
birthday parties are fun. I particularly love it when you can pull off
a surprise party – such fun!
Well, we know we can’t surprise Jesus, but we sure can celebrate His birth.
Song: Happy Birthday Jesus
May the Lord richly bless you as you remember Jesus’ birthday.
Lord, I am so thankful that you came.