14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.-Isaiah 7:14
If the hope truth and love of the Christmas story is something that should be lived out every day, something that should be woven into who we are as believers then there is a big question we need to ask ourselves. Are we willing to leave ourselves behind to embrace a life with Christ following the Holy Spirit? In Matthew 16:24 it says 24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Jesus asks us to put aside our own agendas to live out the fullness of Christmas. Now setting our selves aside and putting everything we have into a life following Christ seems like a hard and at times unattainable goal, but that is the promise and the hope we have in the Christmas story. In the account of the Christmas story in the book of Luke Angels appear to the Shepherds and the first thing they say is “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy THAT WILL BE FOR ALL PEOPLE” (Luke 2:10- My own emphasis added) The angles prompted the shepherd to go with out fear. This would mean leaving behind everything that defined then (their flock) and see the good news that had come. One of the best parts of this story is in Verse 14 is when a multitude of heavenly hosts appears praising God and saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14) These hosts came assuring the promise of God through Christ Jesus. If we are to fall in love with the Christmas Story, if we are to take it to heart and live it out each day we need to praise God for His promises. Then apply His lesson every hour of every day. Following the Holy Spirit, and trusting God living in the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5: 22-23) that we gain by His Spirit. Only then we will be living and loving the Christmas Story.
Take some time to read the account of the Christmas story in the book of Luke