“Let us, the faithful, keep festival, observing the Forefeast of Christ’s Nativity, and as is right let us all go forth to meet Him. Like the Magi let us bring as gifts our virtues, and sing the new song of the angels to our God, who is born in Bethlehem …Him do all things glorify.”
– Hymn from the ForeFeast of the Nativity:
Christmas is about God coming to the world. It brings with it images of a manger, a family, and most certainly a baby. Interestingly, while God chose to come as a baby, this was not the main point. God chose to come. He chose to step out of heaven and humble Himself on this earth. It was in fulfillment of prophecy and in expectation of reconciling mankind to Him. There were only a few in His era who were aware of the importance of this Birth, the shepherds and the Magi. They not only heard and understood, but it moved them to act.
Christmas is a season for us to commemorate, celebrate and contemplate on that which God had done for us. It also is a season to become re-aware and renewed that we too have an active role in our relationship with God. Christmas is about demonstrating the virtues of faith, hope, peace, joy, and love. It is about giving Jesus, these virtues as gifts and singing the song of the angels: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Christmas has almost arrived, with its expectations and excitement. This excitement however, is often occupied with the world’s view, the focus on gifts and family, and extraordinary feasts. The genuine focus however, is that of Jesus, Himself. God stepped out of heaven to come as a baby.
The coming of the Messiah brought with it expectations. It had its beginnings in hope, a hope for peace, which was to bring a celebration in joy and culminate in a proclamation of love. On Christmas, that expectation comes to its culmination, LOVE HIMSELF CAME INTO THE WORLD!