What’s the meaning of Christmas?
With all the festivities attached to the holiday season, it is easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. I am sure that a lot of moms out there can relate when I say December is one of the most stressful time of year for us. There are so many thing we need to do on our check list. Pressure to buy the perfect gift for our children and love ones. Send out Christmas cards to our family and friends. Decorating the tree and the home to reflect the holidays. Brine the turkey and cook delicious meals. Take the kids to visit Santa. Putting up Christmas lights. And, let us not forget the new “hot” tradition of the elf-on-the-shelf. This isn’t even the end of the list! The list can actually keep going on and on and on. With so much to do, it’s easy to forget the real meaning of Christmas.
This weekend, I had to check off another item in my December’s checklist. My daughter was asked to be a part of our church’s children choir 2nd annual musical production. I had to go and show her and the children (some of whom I have taught in Sunday school) my support. I did not attend any of their practices. It was all new to me and I was excited to see what the Christmas play will be about. I have to say this musical production really pulled on my heartstrings. I cried during the first song that the children sang! I cried again when Abigail the Hula Girl sang “Alone at Christmas”! You’ll think with all those tears, my tear ducts will be depleted but I cried a third time when Sarah the Christmas Lights sang “Isn’t He Wonderful?”. And I know that I was not the only one touched by the message of the this musical production! With adorable costumes, majestic voices, and groovy choreography, these children did a superb job in reminding all of us what Christmas is all about.
It’s not about Santa, or the presents, or frosty the snowman. It’s about a birth of a very special baby, Jesus. The night when Jesus was born, an angel approached the shepherds in Bethlehem saying, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Joseph, in the play, reminds us that baby Jesus grew up to be a man, who changed the world by modelling what we should be – full of compassion, love and kindness. And through His incredible and unconditional love He died for you and me, bridging the gap between man and God. God loves us! He wants a personal relationship with us. God knew that we will sin and that He will have to sacrifice Himself to die on the cross to save us; yet, He created us anyway. He does not need us. He wants us.
So, as we approach December 25th this year, let us remember God’s great love for us. He loves you and me so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to laid down his life for us. And through this sacrifical love, we can experience peace in time of sorrow, hope in a hopeless world, and unspeakable joy in knowing what Jesus has done for you and me! So, when you say “Merry Christmas”, don’t just say it without any meaning. Remember that it celebrates the birth of our Saviour. Remember what Jesus has done and is still doing for you today. Let Him be the centre of our hearts and our lives.