I know, I know, I did a blog posting on some reasons why Christmas shouldn’t be celebrated, but a song kept wanting me to celebrate Jesus at Christmas this year and it wasn’t a Christmas song.
These are some of the lyrics:
“It’s all about You, Jesus
And all this is for You
For Your glory and your fame
It’s not about me
As if You should do things my way
You alone are God
And I surrender to your ways”
1) Christmas is for Christ’s glory.
It is rather refreshing to think that all this that is being done all around the world at this time is for our Lord and Savior. It is for His glory and His fame. It’s true that some people have taken advantage of it through commercialism and even it is regarded as a pagan festival with pagan symbols, but God created each day with a purpose, it was only man that came in and tainted it so if we look at it as an important day to honor Christ then it’s our perspective that needs hold on to Christ not to the things of the world. We are in the world but not of the world.
2) Christmas shows how beautiful Christ is.
I know what I said about the tree really detracts away from it’s beauty, but if you think about the grace that Jesus has given where He doesn’t remember our sins anymore, but He sees His blood, that reminds us that no matter what the Christmas tree’s history – now it is here to celebrate Christ. It isn’t here to remind us of anyone else, but Him. Now some people don’t go through the trouble of putting a Christmas tree up, and in Colossians it says we are not to be caught up with the traditions of men, but if it is done as a reminder to all the world that Christ was born into the world and puts the focus back on the beauty of Christ then I can see how that would be a good thing. If people look at the Christmas tree and think, isn’t Christ beautiful, wouldn’t that be a marvelous thing?
3)Christmas is a time when the world gets to read/hear the Bible and/or go to Church.
Remember when I said I used to watch soap operas – well one of them was General Hospital, and every year the kids would go to hear one of the doctors tell the Christmas story. It is the one time of year when people actually crack open the Bible. It is one of the two times of the year that church attendance goes up. That means even people who are not Christians or maybe nominal Christians go to Church, and it is a great witnessing opportunity. If there is a time when people want to know who Christ is, then it is Christmas.
4)People go out of their way to give
It’s true that these days people give out of obligation, and a way to one up the Joneses’, but to think that people go out of their way to go and give gifts shows how much people are willing to put on the line for someone else. Do you think the people are going into debt just to buy something for themselves? No it is to give. It is the giving nature. So giving is important. In my previous post, there was some pagan myth tied down to giving if I remember correctly, but some people take this time to spend money on someone else. They sacrifice money for someone else. This was a kind of reminder of the agape love that Christ came to give, but now people have gotten really overboard with it. Saint Nick was someone who went out of his way to give, and I found out the true story of what he did through the 700 Club, but this man was a true believer and he gave gifts in the stockings so that these two girls could have their dowry to be married or else they would be thrown in the street, or if I remember correctly. People have gotten so carried away with it and gotten mystical with it and gotten so distracted with turning away from God in this one thing, but it is a good opportunity to tell the children who Saint Nick really was and though he doesn’t come through chimneys today, we can show them he is a good example to follow, and better yet we can show them about Christ and how he gave and gives today from what it says in the Bible.
5) It is a time for repentance and turning your hearts back to God
Christmas is a time that God can use to turn you back to Him, to make you become close to Him, to let you follow Him. It is also the time of the year where the whole world takes a Sabbath. If there is any business that is supposed to be open on all days then most likely it will be closed on Christmas. Isn’t that remarkable, that there is one day where the whole world takes a Sabbath? This year because of all the things I had read about Christmas it seemed that the little fire inside had died, and that I was in fear of drifting away, but I got a chance to recommit and turn my heart back towards God. I began to realize as I realize even more and more that it is not about what you do, it is about who you are – in Christ. Christmas was a good reminder of that for me. It was a good reminder that when all the world was seeking for Him, He was seeking for me.
I know this is a short list of all the reasons to keep Christmas alive in your heart, but I just wanted to come and glorifying Christ during Christmas so that others can see what this holiday is really about.