As we approach this Christmas season it is so very easy to be enticed into the hustle and bustle that tends to accompany this festive time of year. It seems that nearly every commercial break is telling us or our children what we “need” this year. The television, stores and even schools are filled with the symbols of this season; trees with brightly colored lights, Santa, reindeer, and beautifully wrapped packages. Oh, wait just a minute. It seems as if I’ve forgotten something. Lets see …. Baby born, Son of the Living God, died on the cross for our sins, rose again on the third day, freed us from a destiny in hell. What is that name? Its right on the tip of my tongue. Jesus, yeah that’s the guy.
In this season everything wants to compete for our attention. If we are not careful we will manage to regulate Jesus to the sidelines as if this were Santa’s holiday and we just allow Jesus to be a small part of it. Our forefathers in the faith took this holiday, a pagan holiday and decided to rededicate it to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. However, many of us seem to have dedicated it back to new idols; the idols of family, gifts, tree’s, alcoholic parties and large men in brightly colored suits (and I don’t mean flavor flav). That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with any of those things. Only when they become more important than Jesus do they become idols.
If you have young children and/or grandchildren I would ask you, have you spoken to them more about Santa and reindeer than about the Son of God, Messiah and Lord of all Creation whose birth we supposedly celebrate? For us adults, have we made this a celebration of selfishness and/or family or will you choose to remember the one who was selfless and gave all for you and your family. To those who turn this holiday into a time for drunken parties, I have a very strongly worded comment for you: Shame on you! You have taken the birth of the Lord and Savior who died for your sins and turned it into a time to celebrate your sin.
Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Please, don’t make this holiday into something that it is not. It is not about gifts, or children or family. This holiday is about the Lord who was humble enough to come to us as a babe, walk this earth as a man, die on the cross for our sins, and raise from the dead to bring us victory. It is time that we do, once again, as our forefathers did and boldly rededicate this season back to God. As cliché as it may sound, Jesus really is the reason for the season. Jesus is still Emmanuel, God with us. Its time that we decided to be with Him also.
God bless and have a wonderful Christmas holiday with Jesus as the center of all your celebrations.