What’s so special about Christmas? Well, if you ask some people, they might answer, “Nothing!” For far too many, Christmas is just another holiday of the year to eat way too may calories or get a few days off work before the new year begins. For some, it’s a time to be spent with family and those we love, expressing our love for one another by giving gifts, setting up the Christmas tree, or baking pies, cookies, and cakes. For many, it is a very stressful time of year with all the shopping that must be done spending money that we don’t have to buy things we don’t really need.
But stop for just a moment! Take a deep breath now! Exhale! Now think with me for a moment…what does any of those things have to do with a baby born 2,000 years ago in a Bethlehem manger? You see, while we (including myself) enjoy many traditions during the Christmas season, we have become so busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays that we have forgotten about the holy day some 2,000 years ago when God laid aside His royal garments of aloe, cassias, and myrrh, for a robe of flesh and left the portals of eternity to condescend to man, and enter this world through a virgin womb to die for the sins of the world.
The problem, in our Christian culture today, is that we have elevated those traditions of the Christmas season and given them such prominence that we spend the vast majority of our time shopping, wrapping, eating, spending, running, and stressing and ultimately forget the greatest miracle in the history of mankind—the day God came to earth to dwell with mankind.
As we see the nativity, there was no running to and fro, no stress, and no self-indulgence. It was a quiet, rustic night without excess or decorations. There was simply GOD wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, surrounded by those worshiping Him. Don’t over-complicate Christmas again this year. It’s real simple! Christmas is about worshiping Christ, the Messiah, Who came to save his people from their sins. Don’t make the Christmas holidays about you. Don’t stop your devotion, obedience, and worship to Christ because of the busyness of the season! Our thankfulness and gratitude for His mercy and gift of salvation to us, should compel us to a greater and deeper desire to love and worship Him during this holiday season.
Keep Christ in the center of your CHRISTmas this year and it will be a Merry Christmas!