Every year, it seems that Christmas time gets busier and busier. People get more and more stressed out, and Christmas has become an expensive and hectic time of year. The problem with Christmas is not the shops, the traffic, or the cost of presents; the problem with Christmas is us. We need to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.
Though the birth of Christ was most likely not on Christmas Day and though we are never commanded by God to remember the birth of His Son, Christmas is a great time of year to focus on the message of Christmas.
Beyond the shopping queues, the bad weather, and the big dinner, the message of Christmas is summed up in the words of the angels to the shepherds on the morning Christ was born: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, Good will toward men.”
The whole purpose of Christ’s coming was to bring glory to God. When we make Christmas about us, we miss the whole point of Christ’s coming. Christ came to bring glory to God, and we should use this time of year as an opportunity to worship God and glorify Him.
Christmas is also about peace on earth. Sin separates man from God and makes man God’s enemy, but Christ came to reconcile man to God through taking man’s place and paying for man’s sin on the cross. The birth of Christ would have been meaningless without the death of Christ. He was born to die. He died an awful death on the cross, but He rose again victorious, and we to can have eternal life through faith in Him.
Christmas is also about goodwill toward men. Christ came to show God’s good will or God’s kindness and love toward men. God loved the world so much that He gave the most precious gift to men – His only begotten Son, so that we could believe on Him and not perish but have everlasting life.
Maybe you are listening today and you are depressed. Cheer up – there is a God who loves you. Maybe you have gotten caught up in the materialism and selfishness of the season; why not remember that you have been blessed to be a blessing to others. Maybe you are wondering what the big deal is. The big deal is not the presents, the food, or the drink; the big deal is Jesus Christ loves you and came into the world to save sinners like you and me.