What Christmas is Really About!
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus,
For He will save His people from their sins.
Sunday, I shared the following story. Years ago, a young boy wanted to go to the circus. His father told him to work for half the ticket and he would fund the rest. The little boy raked yards, earned his 50 cents and the dad paid the other half. The day of the circus the boy went downtown and he saw the lions, tigers, elephants, and the clowns. He was so excited. As a clown passed by he gave him his ticket. He rushed home to tell his dad what he had seen. His father was surprised to see him home so soon. Dad you wouldn’t have believed it, I saw tigers, lions, elephants and clowns all walking down the street. Son, I am so sorry. You missed the circus, you saw the parade.
The hurried Christmas season starts before your turkey and dressing have digested from Thanksgiving. We pull out all the decorations and adorn our homes with lights, a decorated tree, and stockings. And let’s be honest, Santa Claus is a huge symbol within our homes. Then we rush to buy our gifts, wrap them in colorful Christmas paper, sing the Christmas hymns, enjoy Christmas pageants, anticipate the opening of our gifts, watch football, and our taste buds are drooling for another Thanksgiving like meal.
I had a huge adjustment when I married into Lee’s family. Christmas morning the protocol for opening gifts was a gradual process starting with the youngest and finally ending with oldest in the family. After forty-three years, I’m now the next to the oldest. I have at least three cups of coffee before it is my turn. In my family growing up, it was a free for all. Each of the five children received their gifts, and then everyone opened their gifts at the same time. Christmas shouts filled the air, “wows” and “a thank you” could be heard through the flying Christmas wrappings. Lee had culture shock her first Sadler Christmas, and I had a “you gotta be kidding” moment my first Christmas with her family. I don’t know how you live out post-Thanksgiving preparations for Christmas, but for us and you begs the question, “Do we truly remember the reason for the season?” Sadly, most only experience the parade of Christmas.
The above text reveals the true meaning of Christmas. This winter season holiday is about the gift of Jesus Who forgives sin. Now compared to what has been described, makes Christmas sound like a real downer. We don’t want to think about our sin or have anyone remind us of our sin. Fifth Avenue has replaced the cross. Rejoicing that our sins have been forgiven has been drowned out by our expressions of joy over the gifts we have received. Today we hear “Happy Holidays,” instead of the traditional “Merry Christmas.”
The Apostle Paul reminds us of the greatest, most wonderful gift anyone can receive, Jesus. He writes, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (II Corinthians 9:15)! How is Jesus indescribable?
1) Jesus is the infallible Gift or the perfect substitute to take away our sins (II Corinthians 5:21).
2) Jesus is the indwelling Gift (John 16:7) through the person of the Holy Spirit.
3) Jesus is the inseparable Gift (Romans 8:31-32).
4) Jesus is the inextinguishable Gift (John 1:9).
My dear beloved saints, this Christmas as you rush about preparing for Christmas, remember to keep Jesus in the forefront of all you do. It is by His grace that we are able to do what we do during Christmas. His grace calls us to wonder about how He could love us, and His grace motivates us to worship Him. He has more for us than a Christmas parade, He has given Himself to us, for He is the center piece of Christmas.
Grace2U and Merry Christmas,