And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Without Christ there would be no Christmas. Many have forgotten that. The anticipation of this time of year has become that of an obsession with many. People are looking to the activities that are associated with “the holiday season” and have truly lost sight of the reality of what has been set aside to reflect on the necessity of a Savior. Parties have been planned. Preparations have been made for dinner on December 25th. Travel plans were made months in advance for family and friends to get to the designated place of gathering in order to have a festive get-together. Children and adults are already looking forward to what they are going to receive on the morning of December 25th. Merchants have stocked their shelves and warehouses with merchandise in anticipation of the holiday shoppers going into debt to purchase gifts for themselves and others. This is all done in anticipation of a day on the calendar that will be forgotten very shortly after it is past.
There is a glum reality to all of the hoopla of this time of year that many tend to lose their minds over; the unfortunate omission is that many have totally left out the most important Reason for the Season. Jesus Christ is the necessity of the Season, without Him there would be no reason to reflect on the occasion. All of the celebrating is oblivious to what necessitated His human arrival on planet earth. Understand this, He always existed as the Second Person of the Triune Godhead. He has always been. He has always been everywhere at the same time. He has always possessed all power. Therefore, He did not come into being at His birth; He actually pre-dated His birth. Jesus proved the point when He told the Pharisees, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58). That which necessitated His arrival is the fact of man’s rebellion that took place in the Garden of Eden that brought a curse upon man and all creation.
Throughout the decades, many have become so caught up with the so-called festivities of the season, they have lost sight of the fact that Christmas is about Christ. There has been a constant steady departure away from the fact that Christ is Christmas. Society has resorted to leaving Christ out of Christmas by refusing to even say “Merry Christmas.” We used to hear people, whether a believer or not during the Christmas season saying, “Merry Christmas.” Our culture has decided to use phrases like: “Seasons Greetings” or the most recent one, “Happy Holidays.” There has been a strong push to remove all vestiges of Christ completely out of society. Federal, State and Local governments are not allowing Nativity scenes to be set up in areas where for many years were displayed.
Therefore, seeing that much of America has turned its back on God; it is incumbent upon all believers to be steadfast and let everyone know that Christ is Christmas. On a personal note, whenever anyone says to me, “Happy Holidays,” I respond by saying, “Merry Christmas.” Well no matter how hard they attempt to blot out Christ, they will ultimately fail. If they continue their flat-out rejection; they will one day have to stand before Him in sheer horror because of their renunciation of Him.
I call on all to refresh anew in our minds the magnitude of God the Son coming into the world to die and resurrect from the dead in order to redeem lost mankind, and that started with His birth in Bethlehem. It is my prayer as we all gather together on the 25th of December to celebrate the Birth of our Savior at our various locations that we render unto Him the praise and adoration that He is so worthy of. He left the pristine glories of Heaven so that He can save lost humanity. That is the ultimate act of grace that could ever be offered to those so unworthy. Always remember that “Christ is Christmas”.
Your servant in Christ,