Last month I started a series of blogs entitled “The Blood Line” which discusses how Christ is our redeemer. I started by focusing on the humanity of Jesus and why it is so important. This month I want to continue with this thought and, since it’s December, focus on the birth of Christ and the birth of our Redemption.
December is a very busy and hectic month due to the fact that our society has set precedents that seem to be pushed more and more every year. We have to plan for all of the events and festivities, put up our decorations, cook, bake, shop, clean, get pictures, send cards, and on and on. These are all activites that over the years we have created to bring us together in celebration. The problem is that we have gotten so wrapped up in our celebration we have forgotten the reason for the celebration. Christians have come to complain about Christmas because we are so busy or we are expected to spend so much money. The big one for us is “people do not even want to acknowledge that Christmas is about Jesus’ birth.” I am guilty of this one myself. The fact is we should stop worrying about what others are doing or not doing and take a look in the mirror. We have drifted so far away from our purpose for this celebration that now we even have Christians fighting about traditions, pageants, and the fact that Jesus wasn’t even born in December.
The truth is we have made this season about us. What our traditions are, what our beliefs are, what we want to happen, and yes even us adults tend to make it about what we want for Christmas. What we want! Maybe it’s not always a present or gift, although if we would be honest with ourselves a lot of the time it is; but it is about us and what we want. We want people to stop spending so much money. We want people to recognize it’s about the birth of Jesus. We want our traditions and dinners and whatever else we do. WE! WE! WE! WANT! WANT! WANT! The focus has been taken off of God and put on us to the point that we have forgotten why we even celebrate Christmas.
We have made Christmas in to a feast like the Israelites had made the celebrations the Lord had put into place just a celebration for themselves. Isaiah chapter one verse fourteen says “I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!” I believe our “Christmas Traditions” have become the same to God. We say we know the true meaning of Christmas, but do we really? The answer from most Christians to that question is “the birth of Jesus.” This is true, but why do we celebrate it. Jesus is the reason for the season, but what is the reason for celebrating Jesus. We miss it if we only give a short answer, the birth of Jesus. It is more than the birth of a child. It is the birth of Redemption. The birth of salvation, because on that very day the Son of God became flesh like us so that God Himself could know what it is like to be a man, so that he could legitimately be our redeemer. Praise God for what He did for us through His Son Jesus. This IS cause for celebration and rejoicing. Even if it really didn’t happen in December. Does this not give us cause for a celebration all year?
This is my resolution. I do not like all the commercialism that comes with Christmas time, but if the world is willing, in the least bit, to recognize something about Christ, that is cause for celebration. I have no control over others, their choices and actions or reactions; but I do mine. This season I choose to celebrate the birth of a Savior. The birth of Redemption. Christ was born so that He could eventually die and shed His precious blood for you and I. This is great news and for this I celebrate. Though others may deny I do not. Though others concentrate on gifts and dinners and traditions and themselves, I choose to concentrate on my Lord and what He has done for me. Praise be to God for unto you a Savior is born, Christ the Lord, a son of David, the One and Only Redeemer of all mankind!