Every year as Christmas rolls along I start to wonder what I am doing. On one hand, I enjoy the deals stores have because I get to buy stuff for myself. I don’t really get gifts for anyone else unless I really have a great idea. Other than that, it’s just a White Elephant gift here and there and that’s really it. The commercialism, the materialism, the lies of Santa are all ignored. I’m not a grinch, but Christmas is stressful and I don’t want to deal with it.
Then on the other hand, I know that Christmas means nothing to me unless it includes Jesus. You see, I know that this is the beginning of a fulfilled promise by God to save us. He loved us so much, that He sent Jesus to save us. We are no longer slaves to sin, but free in His love. That’s crazy and of course if you don’t believe in God, that’s a bunch of nonsense. I get it. If I wasn’t Christian, this is hard to believe.
But I do want to say and remind those who don’t believe — and even those who do believe — that this time of year reminds us that things are good. And things are always good. But when this season is done, we go back to our jobs, our misery and all that. But with Jesus, it’s different. Understanding who and why Jesus is hard. But understanding that we can be loved no matter how screwed up we are is tough to grasp but much more relateable. We all desire to be loved and that’s what God offers. No condemnation, no restrictions. Just love.
This is why Christmas exists. Because God loved us that much, He sent us His only Son to show us the way. That’s wonderful! That’s amazing. That’s why I celebrate Christmas.