December 11, 2012
Written in an airplane over the Pacific Ocean
Perspective is what shapes one’s reality. I hope in this writing, I can change or at least rearrange your perspective on the true meaning of Christmas, thereby changing your reality of it from this year on.
So, what is Christmas? A common western world perspective is that Christmas is about families gathering, presents, lights, trees, carols, food and maybe some alcohol and football for good measure. The Christian perspective, on the other hand, is usually a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Some might make a literal birthday cakes and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. Some may attend church services and observe nativity scenes as a reminder of that special day when Jesus was born in a manger. Others may participate in a mix of Christian and non-Christian values at Christmas, making their own traditions and celebrations at this time of year.
But is there a “right” answer regarding the question of “what is Christmas?” Here is where I would like to challenge and help shape your reality on this amazing occasion in the history of humankind.
Christmas is nothing short of an absolute miracle, created just for you.
Mary was conceived of the Holy Ghost.
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Supernatural forces came full throttle to try to prohibit the birth of Jesus, putting Mary and Joseph on the run. On the eve of Christ’s birth, nature itself looked upon this amazing event, as a star guided the wise men who visited the newborn king. Even the wise men were part of God’s amazing plan to protect Jesus, and to bring the first worshipers to the foot of Jesus Christ.
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the easte went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Angels also came to deliver the news to shepherds personally. Oh, what a night!
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, this event was one which desperately needed to occur, in order to fulfill all prophecy and to fulfill the ultimate will of God ⎯ that none should perish. It was mankind’s only hope of a future beyond the grave. The birth of Jesus was the milestone of all creation, preparing for the greatest life ever lived, and the greatest death ever died; the one death which by its own, conquered death for all others who believe Jesus, even today.
The miracle of Jesus’ birth is not that it was a historical moment where a baby came into existence; it was and is much more. It is about renewal. It is about hope ⎯ for YOU. Christmas is about God’s love every single day. It is about His mercy to see things through, despite mankind’s attempts to erase God and live a life without Him. It is about the origin of the sacrifice for our sins, conceived at the foundations of the world (Rev. 13:8), not in a manger.
Jesus is, and was and always will be. In this we can take comfort that Christmas is not a feel-good annual event but one that is present every day, abounding with the gift of eternal life and the free offering of salvation for all who would believe and profess Him as risen Savior.
May I try to change your perspective now? Christmas is not a holiday at all.
It is a tidal wave, an endless sea, a mountain-high reality that Jesus loves you enough today to have been born and then to die, just for you. I hope you can believe it. Christmas happened just for YOU.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 5:11
Christmas is indeed a celebration of Christ’s birth. But it was not an event which simply occurred 2000 years ago. It was planned from the dawn of time. It was orchestrated by the Creator himself, with you in mind. It was divinely protected and governed so that you can have eternal life.
YOU are the reason for Christmas and Christ is the center, the One who delivers the only Christmas present worth having. Worth keeping. Worth it all.