Christmas is the time that we all remember when God’s Son came down to earth to live with us. He came as a little baby, in human form like us, with needs and maybe even a few issues like acne and problems with women. In 2014 we may not have the whole story of exactly all that went on when Jesus was on earth, but we do have a pretty good idea simply because He was human so while he lived on earth He was like us and probably dealt with most of the limitations we do.
I think back to the story of Jesus asleep on the boat. Maybe life just got to be too much for him. I know that I’ve slept through the doorbell, phone calls, TV shows and people talking to me before, not to mention something simple like a little thunder and lightning when I was exhausted, so why wouldn’t Jesus need the occasional nap too? After all He had way more pressure on Him than I ever do and there are days I can’t make it through.
We also see his joy in healing people like the men with leprosy in Luke 19 and being able to celebrate with the one who came back. We see his love in building relationships with his disciples and people like Mary, Martha and Lazarus. And we see his caring for those who the world has rejected like the woman caught in adultery and the tax collector.
Jesus knows what it means to live life here on earth. He’s not removed from our sadness, our passion, our love, and our joy. He’s been there, he’s done it and each Christmas is a reminder to us of that. Celebrate with Jesus this Christmas.
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17