Those of you who know me well are probably aware of the thoughts I developed about Christmas over the past several years. I’ve had my reasons for resisting this holiday, because, after all:
- Jesus Christ probably wasn’t born on December 25; and
- Aren’t most of the worldly Christmas traditions borrowed from Pagan celebrations and hasn’t God commanded us not to worship Him in the manner that the heathen worship their gods?
So, what fruit did this produce in me? Honestly, I think I became rather hard and bitter around this time of year. Inside, I wanted to celebrate that my Savior came to this earth, but I was resistant because of the materialistic pull of the culture and the reasons stated above (among others).
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Joh 1:14)
Perhaps because of all that we have been through this year, my heart has softened. For some reason, the words of those old Christmas carols have new meaning to me (yes, I’ve been listening to and singing them). You see, God Himself came to this earth and died for me, a sinner, so that I could live eternally, not separated from God, but in the joy of His Presence. Even more – because God sent His Son to earth my son is now in His Presence. If He had not come and took the penalty of our sins upon Himself, we would be without hope.
So, this year I will commemorate and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He always was and always will be, but for about 33 years He came to this earth, lived a perfect life, died for the sins of the world and rose again after three days, conquering death and giving us eternal life through faith in Him. While the world hurries though this season, distracted from, ignoring or even hating Him, I will pause and reflect on the Father’s great love for us demonstrated through His Son. Consistent with our theme, I will seek to redeem the time for His glory. And, yes, I may even decide to give a few gifts since my Heavenly Father has given me the most precious gift ever – eternal life through His Son.
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (1Jn 4:14)
Let’s testify to the world that Jesus Christ came in the flesh to reconcile sinners (like me) to God!
P.S.: Brenda was reflecting on the last year and came up with this theme for 2011: “Life is hard…you better have Jesus.” Amen.