The Spirit of Christmas

IMG_1099You hear it all the time during this time of the year. “After all, that’s the true spirit of Christmas”. When someone helps another. When some nice and unexpected deed is done. When some family member is reunited with other family. While all these and more are certainly great and wonderful events. They are not the “true meaning” of Christmas. They may well be a glimpse of  the true meaning but there is only one true meaning and it goes so much further. In fact it goes so far that a lot of people reject it! No, I’m not talking about a Scrooge or a Grinch. I’m talking about “nice” people, fun people, hard working people, family people. The list goes on.

What is the true meaning of Christmas that a lot of people reject? Christmas is meant to tell the story of a Holy God who wanted to reach out to humanity. His desire is to reconcile a humanity that has rejected Him. In that great and wonderful plan of reconciliation, the bible says that the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. God in the mystery of the incarnation, came to us His creation. The same cute little baby Jesus that we see in the manger was a baby “born to die” for the sin of mankind. Die for the rejection that a lot people have toward God.

The true meaning of Christmas is unchangeable. We can dance around it, water it down, try and make it plain, but we can’t change it. It was an act of a loving God. His name shall be called Emmanuel, God with us. We give gifts because we were given a gift. The gift of salvation, new birth, reconciliation with the Holy God of eternity.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

1 John

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

Next time you hear someone say, “That’s the true meaning of Christmas” or “That’s what Christmas is all about”, stop and consider. Is it? Remember the deeper meaning. It goes way beyond the trees, lights, snowmen, Santa, and the shopping malls. It goes into the heart. Let God touch you with the “true meaning of Christmas”.

Merry Christmas!

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