We have a culture with set Christmas expectations- media makes Christmas look like it’s supposed to be magical
Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't it. Expectations fall short.
We see the Christmas story as such a happy, magical, awesome time. We read it through rose colored glasses- we turn it into this beautiful peaceful spectacular.
The issue= that does not give us a proper view of what was actually happening in Mary’s life at the time, including before and after Jesus was born.
She was between 12 and 14 years old. I know often times we think she had it all together and figured out when she had Jesus but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
She gave birth in a barn. Why do we try to make this look peaceful?
She had no doctor, no modern medicine, nothing.
THis list could keep going but we will stop there, the point is that the first Christmas, the birth of Christ was ROUGH. It was gross, covered by drama, really uncomfortable and probably no one really enjoyed it that much.
So does that mean that was the worst Christmas ever? No, of course not. Because there was something bigger going on.
Just like we talked about last week there was amazing stuff happening all over the area.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:30-33 NIV).
And now she knows that it is beginning to be fulfilled. Then it says the shepherds are headed back to their place and they basically have a party. They are excited. Why? Because God is with them so nothing else matters.
YOU CAN CELEBRATE EVEN WHEN THINGS DON’T FEEL GREAT.
Even when things don’t feel magical.
Even when they feel boring or mundane.
Even when they fall below expectations
Even when they don’t seem as cool as everyone else’s
You can still be joyful, you can still trust, in the roughest of circumstances and hold onto the fact that God is with you.
Trust that He will guide you there no matter the decisions you’ve made as long as you do your best to follow him
There is so many things wrong with Christmas but that's not the point- the point of what we’re celebrating is that God is with us.
If you were confident that God is with you, even when things aren’t going the way you expected, what would you do differently? How would you feel differently? What would you celebrate?