I’m Stephanie Rouse.
I’m Caleb Rouse.
We are a husband and wife team. We work together full-time sharing about Jesus online and encouraging marriages. We are very passionate about that as authors, bloggers, and getting to share with you today is such an honor.
Today, we are going to be talking to you about Jesus in the story of Christmas. I want to read to you this passage from Matthew 1:18-25:
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Christmas is Caleb and I’s favorite season because we love the fact that Jesus came to save us. This Christmas, I really want to encourage you to remember there’s so much that points to Jesus that we sometimes might not be aware of. I know it’s a very commercial holiday and we can get defeated feeling, where is this about Jesus. But did you know lights were put up not only because it was the darkest time of the year but also as a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.
As you go through neighborhoods and see lights for Christmas, I want you to remember Jesus is the light of your soul, the light of your heart, and the beauty of those lights is that Jesus is the light of the world that came to this place – this desolate place that needed a light. He came in the most hubble of circumstances and he shone brightly. He brought light to the darkness. He revealed the sin that was in the world and he became the sacrifice for them sin.
We give away gifts at Christmas time and as we give them away remember the most treasured gift you ever received is that Jesus came as a baby with a purpose to die. The reason he had to die, it says in scripture, is so that he could save his people from their sins.
We were completely unable to save ourselves. This is a reminder that Jesus had to come because he wants to save us. He conquered death and sin forever. So everytime we look at a gift we can look back to Jesus.
I hope and pray that this Christmas season it won’t necessarily be about all the commercial things, but a time to point us back to who Jesus is. He is the gift. He is God with us Emmaneul and he loves us beyond measure. He loves us so much that when we look at the lights we can think of the gift. When you hear the Christmas songs like “Hark the Herald Angels Sings Glory to the Newborn King” listen to the words and to what they mean for your life and your heart. Let the true joy of Christmas feel you up like no material thing ever could.
I really want you to get a picture of Jesus almost like Santa parading around and bring these gifts to people. What I like about Jesus as Santa is that Jesus came and sat with people. He sat there and heard the cries of their heart so deeply and gave them the gift of his life to sit with us in that moment of pain. He sit with us when we need him the absolute most and he gives us hope and the light that is Him.
What a powerful reminder to think about as you go through this Christmas season: that Jesus came here. He sits with us, he loves us and he gives us that great gift.
It is so powerful to think of Jesus as Santa and he’s also so much better than Santa. (When you look at Jesus I love that He sits with us.) The gift that Jesus gives isn’t just something that will be here today and gone tomorrow but something that will be forever salvation, forever being seen, and forever being known by your creator because He came and He loves you .