There are and will continue to be many articles, poems, television shows, movies, sermons and now days blogs, about Christmas. Some will be good, some inspiring, some boring and others maddening. Jehovah’s Witnesses will again insist that this is a pagan celebration and a few Christians will agree. For a vast segment of the population the true meaning of the season will be lost amidst the hub bub of buying presents and celebrating. In a brief 3 ½ minutes or so It’s About the Cross – Christmas Music Video lays out simply and clearly what Christmas is really about:
Its about the cross. Its about my sin. Its about how Jesus came to be born once so that we could be born again. Its about the stone that was rolled away so that you and I could have a life someday.
Like so many holy days (now holidays) this one too has largely lost its meaning. Thanksgiving is the time to gather and give thanks to God for His provision and care over the previous year. It is a day unique to the United States but was based on a deep belief in God and His care. Easter is the time of year we celebrate the evidence of God’s provision for our forgiveness and redemption in the resurrection. In many ways Christmas is the set up for the other celebrations. It was the time that God took such a personal interest in His creation that He took on human form. Not just human form but came as a defenseless dependant baby. He came to the lost, the lonely and the rebellious. He walked with and talked face to face with those who eventually crucified Him. We can often get stuck on the babe in the manger and leave Him there but His birth is so much more. He gave the gift of Himself in preparation to give the ultimate sacrifice, Himself. I like the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:15:
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!