Is Your Christmas Without Jesus
In a time like this, the atmosphere is charged, and the season proclaimed it. It is Christmas time, another time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
The signs are everywhere; in the shops, in the streets, in the media, and virtually everywhere the light of gospel has reached, it is time to celebrate Christmas.
But wait a minute, where is Jesus the celebrant? Though everybody is claiming to be part of His birthday celebration, only few actually know Him.
When Jesus came into the world about two thousand years ago, He did not come for Himself but for the whole world, because He was ordained to save the world.
He was born as a little child in a manger, a dirty and a messy place for sure, but only because He wanted to show to us that He has come to our dirty lives to help us clean it up.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
His coming was glorious as it was announced by multitude of angels to the shepherds, but much more glorious was his departure. He left the world victorious, having defeated the devil, and delivered man from the age long bondage to him and his evil schemes.
What we are doing at this season is just to mark that lowly but glorious coming, but then it is only meaningful to those who actually know Christ, those who have made Him their Lord and Savior, unto such the real joy of Christmas would be made manifest, as they rejoice in the realization that the person they are celebrating has taken away their sins and has given them eternal life.
In a time like this, people go extra mile to make all kind of purchases, all in the spirit of Christmas; talk of black Friday, and cyber Monday, but as many as those crowd of eager shoppers who usually throng shops for heavily discounted purchases are, was Jesus really in their intentions and plans?
Is this what Christ actually came for? Wining and dining, buying and selling? Can we continue to do all of these and claim to be celebrating Christmas?
So take time out of this busy season and celebrate the birth of our Savior, set aside extra time to spend with Him, and on Christmas day, take time to read the real Christmas story with your family.