Christ in Christmas

‘Tis the season for delectable eggnog, warm blueberry pastries, and peppermint-infused beverages. Embarking on the arduous drive through holiday traffic to your favorite shopping center, your musical palate indulges songs of “Santa Claus Coming to Town” compliments of the radio airwaves. You’ve drafted your Christmas shopping list (and checked it twice). You anticipate expressions of joy from your family and friends, as you gift them presents that they’ve desired all year. From the latest electronics to the most sought-after kitchen gear, you know your gifts are going to spread an abundance of Christmas cheer! By your calculations, every recipient on your list should be pleased with your gift offerings. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about, right?

 

Every year American shoppers are slated to spend upwards of $1K during the Christmas holiday. According to American Research Group, Inc., shoppers across the nation are planning to spend an average of $983 for Christmas gifts. While the hallmark of the holiday season includes gatherings, with festive beverages enjoyed around the fireplace, we must remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Jesus Christ is the reason! The adage, “Jesus is the reason for the season” is why we observe the Christmas holiday, not just to indulge in gifts for our own merriment.

 

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:11

 

Christ in Christmas

In an effort to keep Christ in Christmas, we must incorporate celebrations – and engage in dialogues – that honor his birth. Jesus Christ is the greatest gift to mankind, as he was brought here on earth as our Savior, to redeem us from our sinful ways. God loved mankind; He fashioned Jesus Christ as our Savior so that we could live life more abundantly – in Jesus Christ! When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are to reflect the thinking and, subsequently, the lifestyle of Jesus, which is always underscored by serving others. This is living abundantly.

 

However, with the commercialization of what is now the “shop-‘til-you-drop” Christmas holiday season, the true meaning of Christmas is amiss. There’s great delight in shopping for family and friends, as well as attending “ugly Christmas sweater” holiday parties, but we must remember to keep Christ in Christmas.

 

If we examine the scriptures from Matthew 2:9-11, we’ll see that Wise Men presented Jesus Christ with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh as an expression of their reverence for Christ as Savior. The reason we give our friends, family members, and others gifts during the Christmas holiday is symbolic of the Wise Men’s act of reverence for Christ. As they followed the star to Bethlehem, they were eager to worship Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, today’s customs of Christmas gift-giving often reflect our desires to celebrate ourselves. Are we eager to worship Christ? While attending the countless Christmas parties that you have slated for the season, will you engage others to discuss the greatest gift to mankind – Jesus Christ? When you make that mad dash to the nearest boutique or rush online to purchase that “one-last-item,” will you consider exhausting that same energy to serve others? These are all questions that we must ask ourselves, as we make an effort to keep Christ in Christmas.

 

“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose 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 gift of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:9-11

 

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As we explore opportunities to celebrate the birth of our Savior, remember to serve others with the same spirit as Jesus Christ! To love God is to love people. How can we say that we love God if don’t serve the least of these? From the homeless, foster children, to the widows, and the elderly, among others, God desires for us to exude His love, mercy, and grace to these individuals.

 

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  – Matthew 25:40

 

There are a myriad of ways that you can give gifts of hope and love to others through your time, words of encouragement, prayer, or monetary efforts. The Potter’s House offers more than 60 ministries and opportunities to get involved, including MegaCARE. Whether you decide to serve others through our TPH ministries or serve others through your community, we encourage you to give the gift that keeps Christ in Christmas!

 

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16



Written by: The Potter's House

December 13, 2017