“‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ (Messiah) the Lord'” (Luke 2:10b, 11)
What has become of Christmas? Just take a look at the secular realm: people looking for special sales (even before the Thanksgiving holiday), celebrations, football games, decorations, baking goodies, wrapping and opening gifts, and, of course, a few extra days off from school and work.
But let’s not forget the “religious” side of this holiday: There is always the added church attendance that Sunday (the other frequently attended service being Easter). Some even hold a religious mass – – crucifying Christ all over again! What a mess! (Hebrews 6:6 reads, “…since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame….”
Both the secular and religious society have made a mess of Christmas!! That’s NOT what Christmas is all about. What genuine believers celebrate is the incarnation of Jesus Christ – – the eternal God embodying Himself in human flesh.
So, why did He do that? Why did He leave the glories of heaven to come to this sin-permeated earth? Here is the biblical answer:
- “I (Jesus) have come that they may have life” (John 10:10)
- “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46)
- “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin” (I John 3:5)
Christmas is all about Jesus Christ coming to shed His priceless blood on the tree for our sins, so that whoever places His faith in Him (alone) has everlasting life (read John 6:47)! God required the shedding of blood as a provision to atone for our sins, and Jesus, the Lamb of God, IS that provision – – the only one! Dedicate your life to Jesus Christ this Christmas, and don’t make a mess of it! As the old adage goes, “Put Christ back into Christmas!”