In a few days many people around the world will be celebrating Christmas. Interestingly enough, not all of them will be celebrating Christ. Rather, they will be worshipping the commercialized version of Christmas. Before we proceed, it would be prudent to acknowledge the fact that it is probable Jesus was not born on December 25. Many theologians acknowledge this fact on the basis of the shepherd’s account. One can argue, as many theologians have, that what the shepherds were doing happened in the Spring. I agree with this assessment. However, other theologians warn biblical readers to look at the theology of the story rather than get wrapped up a calendar event. Further, some argue Jesus’ birthday was “moved” to accommodate and compete with a pagan festival named Saturnalia. We can address this in future details in a later post. However, this link provides a great overview on the subject.
If you click this link, you’ll see a pastor informing children that there is no Santa Claus. One can either applaud him for telling the truth or criticize him for breaking the hearts of those innocence little children. Perhaps, his actions falls in-between the two. Regrettably, at times our good intentions have a negative impact. Nevertheless, this is a customary time of year for sharing. Why not share Christ with others? Sharing Christ’s love is far more valuable than a gift purchased at a store. It is fine that you give someone a present on Jesus’ birthday. I encourage you to give them something more valuable and that will last for all time. Yes, give them the gift of God’s love. It is the best free gift anyone can receive.
John 3:16 mentions love. Obviously, this is a love that we can give. Yet, in this regard, love can be translated as benevolence or charity. Love is not giving your loved ones everything they want. It is giving them everything they need. Surely today is a time when more people need the love of Christ. Unlike the pastor in the video, take the time and tell them the true meaning of Christmas. Yet, do not forget to tell them about the opposite end of the Christmas gift. Yes, do not forget to tell them that Jesus did not stay in the manger. Rather, He went to the cross. Tell them that His sacrifice gave us the opportunity to have everlasting life in heaven.
Regrettably, many think the “Spirit of Christmas” is Santa Claus and the giving of gifts. Just a hint, Jesus is better than Santa Claus. We all need to understand God gave us the gift of everlasting life with Him through Jesus. What will the world receive if you share Christ? Crime, sexual immorality, and lying should decrease. Mutual respect should increase and stronger families should become the norm. Presenting the true image of Christ will be a reality instead of a fashion statement. Well, the list can go on and on but I think you get the picture. Let us walk together as brothers and sisters and share the true meaning of Christmas.
Oops, I almost forgot. The spirit of Christmas can’t be bought at a store. Nor is it doing “good.” Those are what unbelievers and the uninformed think about Christmas. Join me in showing an uninformed and unbelieving world the true meaning of Christmas.