Christmas – what a great excuse for a party.  Personally, I’m up for it.  Good food and the alcohol flowing.  Friends round, family over, presents to be given.  Yes – I’m celebrating.  Why not?

It seems to me that God and the angelic host celebrated the first Christmas pretty extravagantly; with, “a multitude of the heavenly host 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.  Choirs of angels declaring the most momentous event in history to a group of shepherds out in the hills.  Fantastic.

We are celebrating the day that our Messiah was born.  A day when God stepped into the world and made peace between us possible.  A day that God had been waiting for over centuries, since the creation events, a day the prophets had spoken of and the people of God had longed for.  A day that made possible our salvation.  What a great day.  What a great celebration it deserves.

Have I forgotten the poor?  No.  I am one of the Band Aid generation.  Have I done anything practical to help people who are less well off than me?  Yes, I have.  Does the existence of poverty in this world mean that I cannot celebrate the amazing birth of Jesus?  No, I don’t think so. 

I am a Christian, a child of God.  And I wouldn’t be if His amazing plan of salvation hadn’t included Jesus, who is the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature,” (Hebrews 1:3) making, “himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men,” (Philippians 2:7) and pursuing the plan all the way to the cross.

I love my Saviour. 

I love my Father in heaven, my Lord Jesus Christ, my Counsellor.  I love my God.

And at this time of year I make certain that I celebrate His love for me.  I might even be extravagant.  Would you like to join me? 

Are you ready to party?