Wishing each and every one of you a very merry Christmas — wherever you are, and whoever you are with: friends, neighbors, and family. Let us all remember the reason for the celebration — the incarnation of the Son of God.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. –John 3:16
Jesus came into our world to show us exactly how much our Father in heaven loves us; to show us the way to salvation and eternal life; and to show us how to live once we confess that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior. We celebrate the birth (incarnation) of the Son of God at this time of year, and that is a wonderful thing to celebrate, but the real reason for the birth of Jesus was His death. Because without His death and sacrifice, there would be no redemption for us; there would be no reason for Jesus to have come to the earth.
It is truly a miracle and a wonder that God would love the people of this world so much that He would send His Son to redeem us from the death we so much deserve — but that is the truth. He wants all His children (all of humanity) to spend eternity with Him — He wants none of us to perish. Non-believers cannot fathom how the death of one man can save all men. It is a matter of accepting that God is God. He does what He will. It is man’s problem: we limit God because we cannot fathom the depths of His power.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. –Psalm 14:1
One of my professors and I once discussed my opinion that Easter was a holiday that was just as important than Christmas – even more important — but we put such emphasis on Christmas. His reply was that people can understand and accept the birth of a child, but understanding and accepting the death of a person was much more difficult. It perhaps wasn’t the most profound answer that could be offered, but there is truth in it and was acceptable to me.
After all this rambling, I’ll let you go. Celebrate this Christmas season. I wish you and everyone with you a very merry and joyous Christmas and while we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ into this world, let us also remember the ultimate reason for His incarnation.
My prayers for all of you, both at home and abroad. God bless you in every way, everyday. Be safe — Be happy — The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit love you.
Here are a couple of links to some related material that you might like: (the first two are from Christanity Today and the third from the Wall Street Journal)
A Cosmic Culmination
Me? Favored? By God?
Do Christians Overemphasize Christmas?