Have you ever wondered what the meaning of Christmas was? To many people Christmas is a commercial holiday and it is a reason to show they care for others. For many people Christmas is a stressful time because of all the shopping, the cooking and all the relatives getting together in one room. To some people Christmas means a yearly visit to church. Some people see it as sad time because they have no one to spend the holiday with. Some people promote Santa Claus way more than they celebrate Jesus. Jesus is the reason for the season. He is why we have Christmas in the first place but He is way too often the last one to be celebrated on that day. Gifts and big dinners have taken up the throne of Christmas. Stress and anxiety pay a yearly visit to many people during the holidays. Christ has been ousted from Christmas and the holiday has lost its original significance. Today I want to encourage you to give yourself the best Christmas gift ever. Revisit the reason behind Christmas and spend some time honoring the One who gives meaning to this holiday. Focus on the Christ part of Christmas and minimize the commercial side of Christmas. It’s not about the gifts but it’s about the biggest gift given to the world.
When Jesus was born, a new window was open. A window that let in hope, peace, joy, love into the world and that led to the path to salvation. For God to come to earth in the form of man is an amazing miracle that shut the door on the enemy. Jesus coming to earth was the beginning of the end for the enemy. The enemy got so agitated that he tried to kill Jesus as an infant but the Lord demonstrated that nothing could stop His plan and that the enemy wasn’t greater and stronger than He. Jesus being born on earth is a tremendous gift from God. It marked the reconciliation between God and humanity. It bridged the gap between God and men and it illuminated the world with hope. Christmas symbolizes hope coming to earth. It symbolizes the start of the victory over death. It represents the beginning of a new life and the fulfillment of the promise of salvation. The symbolism of Christmas alone is a good reason to celebrate the One who came and died for us so we could have eternal life. Shouldn’t Christmas be a big celebration of the Lord?
I am not advocating changing the whole gift exchange idea and the whole family gathering concept. I am just in favor of adding to it by making Christ more important on that day than most of us do. How could you recognize the importance of Jesus’ birth today? Some would say that going to church is enough. Some would say that praying on that day is enough. However, we can have church every day at home and prayer should be a habit in my opinion. A beautiful way to recognize His importance today is to receive Him as if it were the first time. Go back to the excitement of receiving Him and lift Him up higher than ever. Use Christmas as a starting point to magnify Him every day. Use today as a reset button and reset your dedication to Him. Give Him the gift of your attention. Give yourself the gift of adoring Him like you never have before. Spend time alone with Him today. Merry Christmas to you and happy Jesus celebration!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 9:15