The Welcome…the feeling that you get when you arrive home after a long trip.
That warm ‘good to be home’ feel when you arrive for a holiday visit.
The ability you have to make another person feel valued—you are glad they’ve arrived!
That warm smile, the hug, the ‘Welcome Mat’ which says “We are glad you’re here!”
‘Welcome’ communicates a lot.
It communicates love, excitement, warmth, optimism, togetherness.
We only offer a ‘welcome’ to those we love, or those we are genuinely glad to see.
Today is December 24, Christmas Eve.
Many people are probably going to be Welcomed Home tonight, and lots of great memories will be made. Warm fires, Christmas trees, gifts will be exchanged and carols will be sung.
Think of the first ‘Welcome’ of Christmas though…
Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus, the Promised One, into this world. They were perplexed, nervous, overwhelmed…but they welcomed Him with all the love they had. They welcomed Him—with all the uncertainly, and made room for Him in their lives.
The Shepherds came to welcome Him also. They heard about this amazing baby, this Savior baby, this King wrapped in swaddling clothes, and they had to come and worship Him. In so doing, they welcomed Him into this world.
Simple people, simple-but-genuine welcome.
“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:8-16)
Consider and Discuss:
How can we ‘Welcome’ Jesus into our lives—today and every day?
Tonight, before you go to bed, spend some time in prayer thanking Him for the way He sent Jesus in to this world, and meditating on the Welcome He received. Ask God to help you to Welcome Him more.
Watch “The Nativity Story” together
…and watch/listen to this video: