My family likes to follow a certain football player in the NFL. Last week he was mic’d during the game. We watched the video with all his comments. It was very entertaining. Every time something positive happened he would say, “Celebrate That! Celebrate That!” to his teammates. He wanted to make sure that everyone experienced the success together. He wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the good.
Today in church the pastor told a story of 4,400 South Korean Army troops hearing the story of Jesus and getting baptized this past summer. FOUR THOUSAND-FOUR HUNDRED!! The pastor remarked that we wouldn’t hear about this in the mainstream news so as a church we needed to Celebrate That!
The Christmas season is upon us. Christmas by definition is the celebration of Jesus birth. I realize that this time of year has become a blending of many things for most Americans. It’s the celebration of peace, joy, family togetherness, giving etc. It’s all good. Honestly, we need as many reasons to encourage love, giving and kindness that we can get. Lest we forget, the roots of Christmas has always been about Jesus.
We need our attention to be turned toward the good in the Jesus story so we can Celebrate That!
This is part one of a four part series of posts focusing on celebrating the Christmas story from different angles. My hope is that it gives you something new to consider; that it peaks your curiosity and inspires your soul.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Isaiah 7:14
Have you ever had a sign? You know, something weird happens and you think, that must be a sign. We all look for something other to happen in order to affirm what is currently happening. We need a reason, albeit foreign to us, to understand the inexplainable or unfamiliar.
The gas pump stops at $10 on the dot, the exact amount you had in your pocket. All your socks have mates when you’ve done the laundry, this never happens. The clouds open up and sun beams directly down on a couple as they share their wedding vows. You think, it’s a sign.
Something pointing to a supernatural occurrence, meant just for you.
Someone is trying to get your attention.
Someone wants you to notice.
Long before Jesus was actually born, a prophet gave word that a sign would be given initiating His birth. A precursor to His arrival. Something other would happen that would be a sign of the inexplainable birth of God’s son.
We don’t often celebrate the fact that before Jesus was born we were given a sign, meant just for us. (See here.)
God getting our attention.
God getting us to notice.
God sending a sign is reason to Celebrate That! God desiring our attention. God not wanting us to miss the inexplainable and unfamiliar because there is something special in it, just for you and me. The sign is like a big flag waving in the air, begging our eyes to see, urging our gaze to look away from the ordinary and consider the extraordinary.
There is something in the story of Jesus birth meant just for you.
Before God sent His son, He sent a sign.