Christemasse: Joy to the World!
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!…Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” ~Luke 2:10-11; 14~
Christ has come to bring joy and peace to the world, but, alas, we have forgotten. We have forgotten that this event has reshaped the the very core of society for the last two thousand years. We have forgotten that miracles happened then, and they can, and do, still happen now. We have correlated our understanding of Christmas with red flowers, snowflakes, and reindeer…none of which existed in first-century Bethlehem, but yet we still use those symbols to decorate our homes and our churches. We may remember his birth, but we have forgotten the rest of his life.
Christ did not come into the world so that we could have an excuse to give each other presents and eat far too much food. He came to bring us redemption. More specifically, he came to bring fulfillment of prophesy, and to restore a relationship between us and God. The creator became the created, the almighty became lowly, the infinite became finite, so that we could live with joy and peace in the knowledge that our sins are forgiven. His birth marks the beginning of his sacrifice, which ultimately brings justice, and, to quote a simple bumper sticker: “Know Justice, Know Peace.”
With that being said…who are you going to tell about why we celebrate Christmas? Or better yet, who are you going to show? For it is by living like Christ that we give the gift of salvation to others. Christ didn’t show up in a red suit and start handing out nicely wrapped boxes full of magic snowflakes that made everyone perfect in the sight of God. He lived the life of a human being, he gave us an example to follow, and he ultimately gave his own life to atone for the sins of every man. Live like Christ, be the reason we celebrate Christmas, and never forget to worship God incessantly for the joy and peace that he has given to us.