As we sing songs, buy gifts, spend time with family, and run, run, run; we can easily miss the meaning and reason of Christmas.
So for a brief moment, let us refocus on what Christmas is truly about. Let us remember the meaning and reason that make this one of the most unique and celebrated holidays in the world.
THE THREEFOLD MEANING
Luke 2:10-11 “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
The meaning is threefold:
- The birth of CHRIST THE LORD is GOOD NEWS
- The birth of CHRIST THE LORD brings GREAT JOY
- The birth of CHRIST THE LORD is for ALL PEOPLE
The meaning of Christmas is best understood as God revealing himself completely to us in his son, Jesus.
Just as there is a meaning to Christmas there is also a reason:
THE TWOFOLD REASON
Matthew 1:21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Sometimes we miss the deep value of this phrase. At the time Jesus was born, Israel had lost hope. The prophecies of the Old Testament had yet to be fulfilled. The Messiah had not yet come.
As was the history of Israel they were in a time of exile, ruled by Roman law. Caesar lorded over the people of God as supreme. Caesar Augustus was hailed by the Senate as God and legend of his virgin birth and the peace and good news he would bring to Rome surrounded his life. But Jesus, not Caesar, was the true son of God. Jesus came to lead his people out of exile and bondage.
Therefore, the REASON for Christmas is the story of Reconciliation and Celebration.
A | THE RECONCILIATION
Through Jesus, God reconciled the world back to him. Remember, it was GOOD NEWS for ALL PEOPLE. Through Jesus, the Savior, God SAVED HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.
Jesus would break the chains of Roman domination by ushering in the Kingdom of God.
Exile would be no more, for Jesus would be King of a Kingdom that has no end (Luke 1:33).
B | THE CELEBRATION
So, we celebrate this time of year because of that HOPE. A HOPE that springs from a life that began in a manger.
Jesus Christ’s amazing birth is the beginning of the story of HOPE. HOPE that God will restore us. HOPE that brings GOOD NEWS. HOPE that Jesus will SAVE HIS PEOPLE and welcome us into a KINGDOM that has NO END.
There is a reason we celebrate and that reason is Christ the King:
There’s a reason that the lights are shining.
There’s a reason that the wreaths are hung.
There’s a reason that songs of joy
and peace are being sung.
There’s a reason for the celebration.
There’s a reason that the silver bells ring.
There’s a reason for the season
and the reason is Christ the King.
Enjoy thinking about these things, or maybe as Mary did — pondering them in your heart.
Merry Christmas to those Leading Happy!