Our white LED lights have been up on the outside of our house for about a month. Some of our presents have already been given, while the majority of presents that we bought (for ourselves and our son) remain wrapped under our second Christmas tree. We’ve watched almost all of our Christmas movies... the Grinch, Four Christmases, National Lampoon’s Family Christmas, Home Alone (1 & 2), The Christmas Chronicles on netflix, The Santa Clause, to name a few. We’ve baked and finished eating Christmas sugar cutout cookies. We’ve indulged in a couple meals. We have time spent with family coming up in the days ahead.
And in the midst of this, we remember and we wait.
In the midst of our family’s “western priority,” consumerism Christmas, we remind ourselves what this season- what this life- is truly about.
So in case you need some reminding in between amazon package deliveries, and preparation baking, let’s remember and wait together.
What is the meaning of Christmas?
As the old adage goes, “Christmas starts with Christ.”
Now before pictures of sugarplums and stained glass and religious Jesus paintings dance through your head, let me offer this prayer for us:
Heavenly Father, in the midst of our busy preparation for Christmas, prepare us. Prepare our hearts by your Holy Spirit. Teach us, Oh God, what Christmas is about. Teach us about your salvation and redemption. Lead us to understand more of you. Gather us in. Jesus, you are welcome here.
Christmas is about Jesus
We are so joyously celebrating Jesus’ birth.
John 1:14, ESV-
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
While it is correct that we are celebrating the birth of a baby, this birth is much more than that. For Jesus’ birth is the incarnation. It is the incarnation of the Son of God- who has always existed in perfect nature and within the three persons of the Godhead- with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. God the Son has eternally been one person of our One, Triune God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus was born. The only Son took on flesh, took on the entire human nature, and at the same time remained God. He became incarnate. He became like us, but was not born into sin nor ever did sin.
Jesus came to live a perfect life, to usher in the Kingdom of God, to wage victory over the Devil, to heal diseases, and to be a perfect sacrifice, a perfect substitute for our sin, for our separation from God.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. “
Jesus lived, and then willingly laid down His innocent life in His thirties to be killed and to die gruesomely so that He may take on the punishment for our sin.
But death could not hold Him down. He arose! He lives! And He is going to return again, to consummate and to bring about the end of sin and rebellion against God.
1 Timothy 3:16
“Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”
Because of Jesus, we can have salvation. We can be free from the consequences that we deserve. We can rest assured that we will live in the glorious, holy presence of God forever. We can know that there is more to life than this. We can be certain that one day Jesus will wipe away every tear and that death will be no more.
Titus 3:3-7, ESV
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The Greatest Gift
We simply believe. We simply accept. We simply have faith and are saved by God’s mighty, undeserved grace. We are loved.
We can live life to its fullest. We can know that our true purpose is to glorify God and to be His image-bearer.
We can have God’s Holy Spirit living inside us.
Teaching and growing us in the grace and knowledge of Jesus through the living and active Bible.
And we can have peace.
Let’s rejoice this Christmas in our Savior- He who has come, He who is living, He who loves us, and He who is coming again to fully redeem and restore this broken world. We have much to celebrate!