Originally published Monday, 15 December 2014.
I've begun to wonder if we haven't romanticised Christmas.
The snow, the lights, hot chocolate and fur-fringed attire...I wonder if all of our man-made fluff hasn't gotten in the way of the real heart of Christmas.
Christmas is a story only God could craft. The Christ child born to a virgin and a simple carpenter from an obscure town.
Only the King of Kings, holy in all His ways, would write His Son into a story of simple obscurity and then cloak it in heavenly lights and angels heralding His birth to the poorest of the poor: nomadic sheep-keepers seldom in the company of people, much less the Son of the Most High. In a single night, royalty was tied to poppers, and peasants were afforded the honor of being the first to welcome the Messiah. And aren't we all the least of these apart from our adoption in Christ?
Christmas is for all people: the rich, poor, the simple, the wisdom seekers, the joyful and sorrow-filled.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ~Luke 2:10-11
The sights and sounds of the holiday are a welcome reminder of the reason we should celebrate our Savior all year long. The true gift is the One who was given.
I pray that this Christmas season will find us wrapped in thoughts of Jesus, grateful for the gift of salvation that He brings to all mankind; not pining after a nostalgic ideal that misses the mark of CHRISTmas... God with us.
Yes, partake in all the seasonal festivities as much as the Holy Spirit allows you freedom to do so. However, also steal away from the crowd as Christ himself did and spend time in private awe of The Gift, giving Him thanks and the glory due His name.
May we not rob Jesus the joy of worship in the season that celebrates comfort and joy.
Praising Him along with you this Christmas season and always,