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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Sentiments of Christmas

So which is it?  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, or any of the other sentiments expressed during this time of year?  In most cases, whichever phrase you care to convey, they all tend to express the same sentiments.  Culturally speaking, we associate the holiday season with family gatherings, gifts, Christmas trees and lights, Hallmark movies and classics, and the wide-eyed expressions on the faces of little ones.  These things usually bring a sense of “glad tidings” as the old idiom declares.  To the dedicated follower of Christ, while these attributes of the season are good and welcome, they dwindle in the light of the true significance of Christmas.  Consider this.  What is more significant, the best sentiments conveying the goodness of mankind, or the condescension of God into humanity?  The One whose power, intelligence, authority and incomprehensible nature are seen in the handiwork of His creation, and His holiness, goodness, and faithfulness as revealed in the pages of His Word, the Bible, actually humbled Himself and became a man.  Jesus, the One whom the prophet called Emmanuel, God with us, was born into this world as a helpless babe.  He was and is both fully God and fully man.  
All of the sentiments of Christmas as seen through the sights and sounds and warm fuzzies we relate to this time of year are mere distractions.  They compete for our attention and affections.  Let us redirect our attention and marvel at the wonder of our God who became a man, only to one day die and redeem those who receive Him by faith.  Do not denounce a world which tries to diminish this loving and gracious act of God.  We are told in scripture that this is the natural inclination of all mankind.   Our tendency is to replace God with our own goodness and authority or to subscribe to a God which suits our fancy.  So is it any wonder that all of the expressions such as happy holidays, seasons greetings, and even merry Christmas (or worse, merry Xmas) in many cases do little to express the significance of the birth of Jesus Christ?  I kind of like, “Have a holly jolly Christmas” myself.  Everyone who conveys these phrases all mean well.  But perhaps, as the classic Christmas hymn declares, “Oh come, oh come Emmanuel” might better convey the essence and significance of Christmas.  Whichever expression you choose to convey to family, friends, and others, do not judge a world which tries to side-step this marvel of God in becoming a man.  They are doing what comes naturally.  But as for me and my house, Merry Christmas will be the words we use, while in our hearts we utter the words of the Angels to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

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