Let me start today’s post by offering you a disclaimer of sorts. I am not digging into holiday history to give you some nuggets of truth to help with your celebration. Further, I am not taking you on a theological journey to talk through some of the finest points of Christmas and it’s connection to God. What I wish to do is give you a little insight into some of my thinking about our holiday celebration.
Have you noticed as I have that the weather this holiday season has been pretty mild? No matter where you live there have been unseasonal temperatures. Maybe there is a reason for it, but I recall a recent meeting with a friend who is a missionary who deals with disasters around the world. He asked me and those at our event to pray for a mild winter in the northeast that was devastated by super-storm and hurricane Sandy.
A mild winter means that those who have lost their homes and have no heat will be able to handle the weather much better. I really enjoy the beauty of fresh grass and blooming trees, and that is where I get green. This winter might not give or lead the growth like spring does. But the green of Christmas reminds me to pray for those in need.
Luke 6:36 NLT
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Ok. This one is a bit theological. Christmas is about Christ. Hence the first part of the name of this holiday, and it was Christ who was born on the very first Christmas and whose blood was shed on the cross over 3 decades later. Without the blood of Jesus, we are lost. We are in trouble. Celebrate the truth of the full power of Christmas. It is Jesus. He is our Savior.
Without the Christ of Christmas, there would not be the Christ of Cross and who has risen from the dead. All this happened for our good due to the compassion, love and purpose of God.
Romans 3:25 NLT
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
I want to go in a different direction than most people go at Christmas. It saddens me to talk to all the people who are blue or depressed at Christmas. The depression might have come due to the loss of a friend or relative in the rest past. It could be because of the economy that has stripped the ability to have Christmas as they have in past. It could be for a number of reasons including sickness and more.
Holiday depression is real, and it is something that we can help with. When we know someone has the holiday blues, Christians ought to be the first to make a call, invite them to spend time with us and to offer encouragement. Have the courage needed to help someone who is blue.
Jude 1:22 NLT
And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
I finish today’s thought with what the Wise Men brought to Jesus. Gold was one of the three gifts that were given to Jesus. Gold is one of the most precious things that people treasure. When people win prizes in great competitions, much of the time the prize has gold on. Jewelry of the finest quality contains gold.
We ought to be offering to God our best. Our worship is to be centered on Jesus and not just at Christmas time. He is worthy of everything we can give him, and we shouldn’t give God the leftovers of life, of our treasures or of our time. God gave His son for us. He can do anything, and He loves us no matter what.
Matthew 2:11 NLT
They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
May our Christmas be celebration be full of color, full of giving and all pointed toward our awesome God.