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Why Christmas?

What is the big deal about Christmas anyway? Why do people get so worked up about this holiday? I suppose if you asked thirty people you may get thirty different answers. The truth that people take this holiday seriously is not in question. Just take a drive and see all the Clark Griswold wannabes as we see homes that look like, to quote Aunt Bethany, “Is your house on fire Clark?” We don’t bat an eye on spending a little more for electricity as long as our home looks more festive. Then there’s the tree that we put up in our house? Is that the action of sane people? Let’s be honest we just get downright silly this time of year. Don’t even get me started on the craziness of shopping to find the “perfect” present.

Yet, somewhere in the midst of the whirlwind of this holiday we have to come to the realization that there must be something special that has happened. As followers of Jesus, we know exactly what it is. It is celebrating the birth of the Lord and Savior of the whole world, Jesus the Christ. It is celebrating in spite of the darkness that is quickly surrounding us, enveloping us. There is hope and it came in the form of a baby born over 2,000 years ago in a village in the middle east called Bethlehem. It is there the Light of the world was born, to bring hope and salvation to all who would call upon His name.

Sadly, there are many who really don’t understand the truth about this wonderful holiday that we celebrate. Society has made it about fat bearded guys, talking snowmen, and buying the toy everyone wants, but nobody can get. When I think upon these things it truly saddens me. So many people participate but cannot really celebrate because the truth has eluded them. The truth is that many do not want to know the truth of what Christmas is really about. That is why we have government officials who think they can cancel Christmas. Like this is some date on a calendar that can be done away with a swipe of a pen. NO, let me shout it out again, NO! Man cannot delete, dilute, or do away with what our God has done. Jesus, the Savior of the world has been born. I am begging all who would read this blog, do not let the circumstances of a virus, or even the foolishness of man rob from you the beautiful gift that God has given. Celebrate, go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus is born.

Hebrews 12:2, “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Let me go back to answer the question of why. Why do we celebrate this day we call Christmas? Because God came in the flesh to rescue us from death and the grave, to set us free from the clutches of Satan and sin. He came to die upon our cross, paying the penalty for our sin, so that we may be called the sons and daughters of God. Then, He is coming to take us home someday. Why Christmas? JESUS that’s why!