As we near the time of Christmas, we witness decorations going up, people madly shopping for gifts, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Now is the time to stop and reflect just why we really celebrate this time. As Christians, we know the real meaning of Christmas, why it is a time of celebration, and what that celebration means to all who believe. If there were no Jesus, there would be no Christmas.
Sadly, millions of people all around the world celebrate the season without Jesus. Our modern Christmas has become grossly filled with ancient pagan practices, which are almost entirely secular in nature, no matter where they got their inspiration from. I know, I know, Christ wasn’t even born on December 25th, and there are a slew of other origins that atheist profess helped to form this holiday. Many people see little room and little need for “Christ” in the Christmas holiday.
As a Christian, even as a child, I’ve always felt a little offended that people continue to celebrate Christmas that don’t believe in Jesus Christ. What are you celebrating? What if I just decided one day that my family and I were going to celebrate Hanukkah? Yeah, they have a neat little tradition, love the candle thing going on, and Blue and Silver is a welcome change from that awful red and green!
Well excuse my sarcasm, and I apologize if I’ve offended the Jewish faith, but you get my point, right?
So what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, Prime Rib dinner with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging by the fireplace? I believe so, but I also believe Christmas is a time of God showing His great love for us. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. This was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before (Isaiah 7:14). The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special star (Luke 4 2:19).
Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole and holy. We can know that heaven is a place where we can go to when this life is over.
So this year, consider the real meaning of Christmas as you hang those decorations, cyber shop, and spend time with family and friends. What does Christmas mean to you?