Christmas is something worth celebrating.
Christmas is something worth celebrating. God so loved the world that he send his one and only son, so the one who is believing in him would not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world in a general sense. The Son was a real person, a particular person. The Son came to a real town (Bethlehem). He was born of real mother Mary). It happened in the fullness of time. It happened when God set it to happen. Ours is not to decipher everything. Our main task is to do what the shepherds did, to do what the magi did—we are called to worship and rejoice. We are called to believe and be changed.
Christmas is something worth celebrating. I know—we should celebrate and remember the fact that Jesus was born every day. It makes a difference every day. But is that not true of all your loved ones? The fact that they were born and have made such a difference in your life is something you should be glad of every day. And yet, we celebrate birthdays as a special way of celebrating them. Christmas is a good time for all to celebrate Jesus together.
Christmas is something worth celebrating. I know—we do not actually know on which day Jesus was born. The bible does not tell us. People have different ideas and speculations. Some point to pagan roots which observe special meaning to the winter solstice and say it is the wrong time to celebrate Jesus. And yet December 25 is the time that the whole church, it seems has agreed to celebrate the incarnation of Jesus in a special way. And the culture, filled as it is with unbelievers, are used to seeing us celebrate this turning point in history. May they be open to hear more about Jesus than what the Christmas jingles will tell them. May this be a time of their heart opening to the Christ who has come to save.
Christmas is something worth celebrating. I know—it has been commercialized beyond recognition. I heard that Americans will spend $450 billion on Christmas this year. Yet this is not true of all. I have also heard of many who are taking what would be their share of this excess and sending the money to build wells where people have no clean drinking water. Just because some (or even many) go into a spending frenzy is no reason for you not to celebrate the birth of one who has changed history and has changed your live.
Christmas is something worth celebrating because Jesus’ birth is worth celebrating. May you be blessed as you celebrate. Merry Christmas to you.