How do we describe Christmas? If someone who never heard of Christmas asked, “What is Christmas?” what would we say?
Would we start by explaining the Christmas tree, mistletoe, and Santa Claus?
Or would we start with the brightly wrapped presents we give each other?
Maybe we’d explain about families and friends gathering together for a festive celebration. Perhaps we’d mention 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 the very first thing we’d say to explain Christmas.
However, when people observe our behavior this time of year, is that what they’d assume? Would they see Jesus holds the top spot in our lives?
What is Christmas without Christ?
Without Jesus Christ there would be no angels singing Glory to God in the Highest. No shepherds bowing before a baby in a manger. No wise men bringing their best gifts to a baby boy.
Without Jesus there would be no salvation. No resurrection. No Hope. No Light.
We celebrate Christmas because we celebrate Christ.
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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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