This week America celebrates Christmas. In many homes this is true no matter what the religious affiliation of the family because in 21st century America, Christmas has very little to do with Christ, and a whole lot to do with a weird combination of tradition and materialism.
From many people outside of the Christian faith, I hear comments about how Christmas isn’t really a Christian holiday in the first place. It is a holiday that the Catholic church hijacked from the pagans around them who celebrated the winter solstice around December 25th. Thats why so many of the traditions affiliated with the holiday have nothing to do with Christ, such as the Christmas tree.
In an interesting turn of events, there is now a major push from various atheist and secularist groups to hijack this holiday back from the Christians in a celebration of humanism and reason. So now, we have officially come full circle, but as I said in last week’s post, this isn’t a war I am willing to fight. If they want the holiday, that’s fine. Celebrate whatever you want. My purpose in writing this is that, to all of my Christian friends, I have a few thoughts to share.
Jesus isn’t the reason for this season. He’s the reason for ALL seasons.
The atheist movement can claim whatever date on the calendar they want, but we worship the Creator of time. We don’t just worship Him at Christmas, but because His Spirit lives in us, we worship Him with our entire lives. He is God 365 days a year and He will not be pushed out.
It is fine to celebrate the virgin birth, but Jesus didn’t remain a baby.
This thought calls to mind the scene from Talladega Nights around the dinner table as they prayed to the “dear Lord, baby Jesus.” There is something sentimental to many of us when we see the manger scene and think about the poor, young, virgin Mary giving birth in a barn, but the beauty of the incarnation of Christ is not that “unto us a child is born” but that He would be called Emmanuel – God With Us! When we couldn’t get to God because of our sin, God came to us.
Christians enjoy December 25th, but there is a greater day coming that our hopes are built on.
One day the skies will be opened and we will see Jesus coming again. This time, He isn’t coming in a manger as a helpless baby. He is coming on a horse, wearing a robe dipped in blood, with a tattoo on his thigh, and a crown on His head. A sword comes from His mouth and once and for all He will build His Kingdom. And on that day, “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” The war on Christmas will be a thing of the past because Jesus will make Himself known in the true “war to end all wars.” While it is true that there is something sentimental to believers about the first coming of Christ. It is the second coming that we stake our lives and faith on.
So my hope for us this Christmas, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, is that with one focus we will lift up the name of Jesus and praise Him because no matter what the world says today, we can stand firm with all those who have gone before us and still proclaim that we believe “in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” (-The Apostles Creed)
Dear Christian, this holiday, let’s put all the distractions aside and just worship our King.