I usually love this time of year. I love what Christmas stands for. I love the lights. I love being surrounded by family. I love the snow (when it is still white and not marred by the ugly road dirt that turns it black).
This year, I have been a bit of a Scrooge. I have not been in the mood to decorate my tree. In fact, I didn’t even put up my normal tree. I “stole” the small tree off of my mom’s front porch. It is already decorated with red and silver bows, so I have not felt like decorating it further. My 6-year-old will tell you the honest truth about that.
Christmas Day is the day that Christians across the globe celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, see Luke chapter 2 in the Bible for the story. It’s a good story; I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Why is there a Christmas?
Well, once again, read Luke chapter 2 in the Bible. While you are reading in the Bible, go to John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
~John 3:16 (NIV)
God sent Jesus to be born of a Virgin. God sent Jesus to be baptized and to baptize others. God sent Jesus to be our Savior, our salvation. Jesus has paid the price for our sins. Jesus has removed that burden from us.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
~Acts 4: 12 (ESV)
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Why is Jesus’s birth something to celebrate? We as faithful followers of Jesus celebrate His birth because He saved us from an eternity in Hell. He sacrificed himself so we might spend eternity with God the Father, our Creator. Without Christmas, we wouldn’t have Easter. And, in all honesty, we wouldn’t celebrate Christmas without Easter either. This is because if Jesus decided to disobey God and run and hide from the Roman and Jewish leaders, he would not have been crucified, he would not have died on the cross, and he would not have risen from the dead three days later. All of the work he did to prepare the way up to that point would have been pointless.
The other day while taking Sydney to school, she asked me an intelligent question for a six-year-old. One that required much thought, and one that I knew I did not have time to answer in the 5-minute drive to school because I knew there would be many follow-up questions from her (mainly a lot of “whys”). So what was this question?
“Mommy, why do we get presents on Christmas if it’s Jesus’s birthday?”
One answer I could come up with is that it is supposed to symbolize the gifts the Wise Men brought to Jesus upon His birth. The other answer I could think of was that people had commercialized Christmas so much that presents have become a part of the norm for this holiday. I knew she would not fully understand the second answer, so I kept that one to myself.
The greatest gift we can truly give anyone this Christmas is not an Apple Watch, an iPhone, a Samsung phone, or any other piece of technology, a toy, etc. It is the gift of salvation only given by believing Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected three days later paying the price for the sins we have committed and will commit. Share this gift; it doesn’t cost a penny, just a few moments of your time to share the story.
Let’s stop putting the emphasis on physical, tangible, meaningless gifts and start putting the emphasis back on the greatest gift anyone can ever receive.