When will Christmas finally be here?  It takes sooo long!

Just imagine the anticipation that was felt in heaven as the time for the first Christmas came.  It had been a long time coming.

Remember back when Adam and Eve first sinned?  At that moment we were separated from God, but God made us and He loves us and He doesn’t want us to be separated from Him.  So He made a way for our sin to be forgiven.  And He told that snake, aka Satan, the plan.  “…he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,” (Genesis 3:15, NIV).  The cool thing about this is that God already knew His plan before He ever made Adam and Eve.  Remember that star that the three wise men followed to find Jesus?  God created that star and put it in just the right place to lead those men at just the right time way back in Genesis 1:14 on day four of creation.  Before Adam and Eve.  Before we sinned.  Now that’s a God who loves us!

Later God told us through Isaiah, “…The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14, NIV).  Actually, there are over 300 Old Testament prophecies about Jesus.  And in case you’re wondering, Jesus fulfilled every one of them.

Yes, there was a long wait for Christmas in heaven.  But Jesus came.  He is “Immanuel,”  which means “God with us.”  Paul told us, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons,” (Galatians 4:4-5, NIV).

I can just imagine the angels in heaven getting excited as Mary and Joseph met.  And started really liking each other.  And as Elizabeth and Zechariah prepared to have baby John the Baptist.  And Jupiter, known in ancient times as the “King Planet,” came closer to the star Regulus, known by the ancient Babylonians as “King,”  soon to shine so brightly in the sky*.

Maybe the angels began to sing God’s praises even louder in preparation for their opportunity to tell the shepherds about Jesus.  Soon Jesus would come to earth and live among us.

God had not changed His mind.  Even after knowing the people of Noah’s day and dealing with the Israelites.  God is faithful.  And He loves us.  We all know John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (NIV).  God loves me and God loves YOU.  You are worth everything that Jesus went through to offer you forgiveness for your sin.  He knew you and He came for you before you ever knew Him.

Jesus came at just the right time.

So we still have to wait a little longer for Christmas Day, but we can celebrate Christmas right now!  Just like the angel told the shepherds, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord,” (Luke 2:10-11, NIV).

Have you experienced the joy of knowing Jesus Christ the Lord and truly celebrating Christmas?  You don’t have to wait!

*More star info from Elijah Tice at http://www.clubhousemagazine.com.