by Sandy Kirby Quandt
If someone had never heard of Christmas before and asked us, “What is Christmas?” how would we answer them?
I’ll give you a minute to think about that.
Would we start by explaining the Christmas tree, mistletoe, and Santa Claus? (Or as Lucy might say, “Ho, ho, ho, mistletoe and pret-ty girls?)
Or would we start with the brightly wrapped presents we give to each other?
Maybe we’d explain about families and friends gathering together for a festive celebration and the different customs across the world.
Then again, maybe we’d mention Christmas plays and concerts along with Handel’s Messiah.
How far down the list would it be before we mentioned the virgin birth of Jesus, God’s son, born as a human baby, who lived as a man, walked this earth, was falsely accused and sentenced to die a most horrible death through crucifixion to save us from our sins?
Hopefully, that would be at the top of our list, but at this time of year if people observed our activities and priorities, is that what they’d assume? Would they see Jesus holds the top spot in our lives?
As Kutless sings in the song below, what is Christmas if there never was a savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas without Christ?
Without Jesus there would be no angels signing Glory to God in the Highest. No shepherds bowing before a baby in a manger. No wise men bringing the best gifts they had to offer.
Without Jesus there would be no salvation. No resurrection. No hope.
We celebrate because of Jesus.
And that, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.
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That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened, but the angel reassured them.
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem! How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.” Luke 2:8-14 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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