Don’t Miss the True Message

“And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.”

— Philippians 2:8

A strategic way to oppose Christmas is by distorting its meaning. Tragically, this has been done very successfully by millions of Americans who would never think of denying the facts of Christmas, and yet, they haven’t the foggiest idea of what Christmas is really all about.

There is the method of commercialization. They keep their eyes on Santa Claus and they never see the cross that stands in the shadows behind a manger. And if not commercialization, then pure, unadulterated sentimentality. Christmas is so sweet, and light, and loving they say with vague generalities and a foggy haze.

Christmas, of course, is all about the gift of the Son of God. When we come to experientially know the saving power of Jesus Christ, He transforms our lives. He was not only born in a filthy stable some 2,000 years ago, but when we come to know Him, He is born in our sinful heart and He cleanses us. He died in our place, paying for a gift that we could never buy, and He offers it to us freely when we trust in His saving work. This is the meaning of Christmas and of One who was born to die, and pay the wages of sin, who came into this slimy world and took all of the slime upon Himself and endured the penalty for it.

Do not let the true message of Christmas be crowded out by the celebration of Christmas.

Thank You, God, for the gift of Your Son, as we give gifts this season, help us to be truly generous, reflecting Your heart and love. Give us the strength to celebrate this Christmas right…