December 18, 2017

Luke 2:13-14

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

The Meaning of Christmas

With the most popular holiday just around the corner, it seems like everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit. Stores are lining their aisles with Christmas goodies and decor, TV shows have switched to the theme of giving and love, and Santas are starting to float about. And why shouldn’t they, after all it is that time, the meaning of the season, right?

Yet, the very first Christmas seemed to do without all of these. The very first Christmas somehow started a frenzy without the power of TV, without Candy Canes, without Santa, and without Christmas sales. Even more amazingly, the very first Christmas involved a poor couple, nobodies, who would lay the most precious child of all in a manger. (Luke 2:4-7)

Looking back on Black Friday, I am constantly reminded how far we have come from the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas wasn’t just about giving, or feeling loved, but it was about true love. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Savior who came into this world to die… for everyone, even those who killed him. (Romans 5:8) Jesus was God’s gift not to the deserving, not to the Jews, but to everyone. (Colossians 3:11)

Yet on Black Friday, a Walmart worker was killed because people couldn’t wait to save a few dollars here and there. Another person was killed over a toy. And just a few years back, the Tickle Me Elmo fiascle brought out the worst in people. People who seem to have forgot that love isn’t hurting another to give your child what they want, but rather to do what is right and moral. (1 Corinthians 13:6) And they seem to have forgotten that Christmas isn’t just about showing love for those you care for, but for those who are undeserving, and those you do not even know. Just as God came to die, for those who were undeserving, and those who He did not know in a spiritual relationship. (Luke 13:25)

Today, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas… Peace on Earth, Good will toward Men, for the Savior has come to show us how to love, and to give us the greatest gift of love. (John 15:13) Instead of buying fancy toys, think of how you can give to those who would normally go without. Ask yourself how you can help out others who are not as fortunate as you. Show them the true meaning of Christmas, the gift of God’s love (John 13:34), and love others as God first loved you. (1 John 4:19)

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