Christmas is about….

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

There is a little gang of people who always make me smile.  They are forever children, but they have adult-like characteristics and vocabularies that are laughable.  If you guessed the Peanuts Gang you are right. I just love that Charlie Brown and all of the characters that surround him!  In one Christmas episode, Charlie is in charge of selecting a Christmas tree and he comes back with the most pathetic little twig of a tree you have ever seen.  This angers the kids and shames little Charlie Brown.  He turns to Linus and says, “I guess you were right. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is about.  Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

I sometimes feel like a mix between Charlie Brown and his friend Linus at Christmas. I know what Christmas is meant to be about, but in the midst of “the most wonderful time of the year” I catch myself falling prey to the commercialization of Christmas in many ways. I long for the perfect family-get-together where we read the Christmas story, thank God for his blessings, hand out thoughtful gifts like Ma and Pa Ingalls in the “Little House on the Prairie” books, and sing Christmas carols together around the fire.   Simultaneously, I so enjoy the lights, movies, sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas that fill most holiday traditions too. I desire to make this a time of giving, but find myself keen on keeping the commercial Christmas in my life as well.  I heard on the radio how many billions of dollars Americans are giving away to charities this year and I was thrilled to see this surge in giving to others who are less fortunate than us.

This Christmas, and every Christmas, I try to maintain a focus on what Christmas is really about. In the midst of decorating, Christmas cards, picture taking, entertaining, and movie watching I carve out times to reflect and celebrate the real story of Christmas.  So… here it goes Charlie Brown, this is what Christmas is all about.

Christmas is about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  He came to live a pure and holy life as fully God and fully man so that he could suffer and die on a wooden cross.  He came to face the wrath of God for our sins so that we could glory in God so full of grace and forgiveness for those who repent of their sins and turn and put their faith and trust in Christ Jesus.

He came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)

Christ came to fulfill the blood sacrifice once and for all (Romans 6:10) so that we could have an eternal relationship with Christ the King and God the Creator.  He came so that we might have life and have it abundantly.

He came to bring life. (John 10:10)

The wonder of Christmas is that Christ came.  He gave up the riches of heaven to embrace a fallen world and let us know of God’s great love for us and His God-glorifying plan of redemption and restoration.  That is a love worth celebrating now and all year round.

On this “first day of Christmas,” Merry Christmas, and may your next 25 days be merry and bright as you bask in the holy glow of Christ the risen, life-giving king.

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  1. See what Linus has to say about the meaning of Christmas.
  2. Seek ways to focus on the true reason for the season.
  3. Reflect on Christ’s sufferings and then remember our brothers and sisters in the Christ who are suffering for their faith and pray for them today. “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3
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