I wrote this back in 12-22-14, but it’s still true today – 12-24-2017
The Busyness of Christmas 2017
The holiday season is upon us. We have advertisements for “After Christmas Sale Now” and K-Mart has their infamous “Blue Light Special” only now it’s for Members Only? Gas prices are down in many areas to less than $2 per gallon for regular unleaded. We worry about getting the “right” gift for everyone on our gift list. We worry about sending out Christmas Cards, especially to those who’ve sent us one first? We make last minute phone calls to family and friends wishing them “Happy Holidays” and “A Joyous New Year”. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of making sure we’ve covered all the bases we mustn’t have forgotten anything. But have we really? We sing the songs; we eat, drink and are merry. But are we? We have our traditional viewing of “White Christmas” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”. We remember Tiny Tim and Mr. Scrooge. We have Scooby Doo, The Muppets, even Elvis. We have it all and still it’s not enough? Haven’t we forgotten something?
Let me submit this tidbit. It’s not about you, or me, or presents or eating and watching movies. It’s not even about Football! It’s not about getting the latest in electronics or the coolest car. It’s not about sitting around with family and friends reminiscing about “the good old times”. It’s not about getting Christmas Cards. It’s not about the holiday lights on many, many homes around town. It’s not about feeling good about doing good either.
Christmas is about love, unconditional love, the love of a Father for his Son, the love of the Creator for His creation. Christmas is about dying to be born. Christmas is about God becoming man to save man from sin. Christmas is about obedience to God. Christmas is about Jesus.
Jesus is the reason for the season. We are told that thru the obedience of a young woman named Mary, God gave his Only Begotten Son Jesus, born of a virgin, a living sacrifice, with the express purpose of dying for the sins of mankind. Christmas is celebrating this magnificent and one of a kind birth which goes against all sense of normalcy in the eyes of man. The King of Kings and Lord of Lord, born of an unwed (betrothed, but not yet married) mother, in a far away city (Bethlehem) where no lodging could be found, even for a full term pregnancy (9th month). Yes Christmas is celebrated because those chosen by God, submitted themselves to God so that the plan of God would be fulfilled.
Today (2017) we humble and submit ourselves to God by remembering what Christmas is all about. The reason for Christmas is Jesus Christ. – I am the Real Truckmaster