Are You Missing Anything This Xmas?
I wonder if you are missing anything this Christmas season? After all, we are in the middle of a pandemic, and I am sure that we can think of many things that we are missing right now.
Personally, I like Christmas. I like the smells of Christmas. I like the lights and the scenery; I really like the food. What I don’t like sometimes is getting ready for Christmas. Some people will spend several hours outside in the cold on their roof to put up lights. When we put our tress up, they are pretty, but we always have to find a place for it and make sure that people can see it, and sometimes it is just a hassle. Then when we decide we are going to go, Christmas shopping doesn’t get me started with battling the crowds and trying to find deals and make up our mind on who to get what. On top of that, you feel a little guilty every time you walk by that Salvation Army bucket, and you think, well, next year, things will get back to normal.
Do you ever feel this way? Do you ever think that there is just a lot of stress at Christmas time and you just want to get back to your routine? Could it be that we are missing something? In the midst of all of the hustle and bustle, maybe we need to slow down and rediscover something that we have lost. Perhaps we need to strip back all of the layers that we have added to Christmas until we find what we are missing.
Some of you might be thinking, “well, you already took the Christ out of Christmas with your title” That was intentional, by the way. What do you think when you see “Xmas” do you get all indignant and think they took Christ out of Christmas. Do you think it is some sort of grand conspiracy to remove Christ from the meaning? Honestly, I like Xmas because sometimes it seems that’s the only time Christians think about Christ at Christmas. Here is the word for Christ in the greek Χριστος notice the “X” or “Chi” the first letter in Christ. Removing a few letters does not remove Christ from Christmas. Forgetting what Christmas is truly about is what removes Christ from Christmas.
In Genesis 3:15, we read, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan and sinned against God. God told them the wages of their sin, and then He turned to the serpent, Satan, and revealed some things that were to come. Eve’s offspring here is in the third person singular “He.” At some point, He will strike satan in the head and defeat him. Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, we hear that He is coming.
In Isaiah 9:6, we read, “For to us a child is born, to us, a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah lived 700 years before the birth of Christ, but again God reveals some things to Isaiah. There will be a child who is born, and this is not an ordinary child; He will be
- Wonderful Counselor
- Might God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace
Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The Lord will give us a sign that the one to come is coming. This child will be immaculately conceived, and he will be Immanuel “God with us.”
Micah 5:2 “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” God tells us where this child will be born and that e will come as a bay, yet He existed in the past.
It is my sincere belief that we have grown so accustomed to Christmas that we miss the amazement. Our lives get so busy that we fail to see just how amazing Christmas really is. We put up all of our lights, and we forget what God has done to bring us Christmas the light of the world. We stand in long lines sometimes early in the morning to get gifts, and we forget that God has given us the greatest gift of all. We get angry because we have to sit in crazy traffic to get into our Walmart, and we lose the amazement of the incarnation of Jesus Christ that God is with us.
Thousands of years ago, God had a plan to come to His creation; this is amazing. Thousands of years ago, God’s plan was to send Jesus to be with us “Immanuel” this is amazing. God gave us clues repeatedly so that the world would know that he is coming to take back what is rightfully His this is amazing. Are you amazed this Christmas?
Be amazed this Christmas that God would step into His own creation, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The Word is Jesus God, the Son. He took on human flesh and made His home among His creation. Jesus showed us, God. When we see Jesus, we see God. We see God loving the unloveable; we see God faithful to the faithless; we see the creator coming to redeem the creation. Oh, how amazing it is, are you amazed that the creator came to rescue His creation?
We should be amazed that Jesus entered this world as a nobody. “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). God was born in a barn, and He spent his first nights in the feeding trough of cattle. God identifies with the lowest of lows when he offers help, and comfort, and escape. He knows what He is talking about. Are you amazed this Christian that Jesus God in the flesh identifies with you?
We should be amazed that God would think so much of us. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). When the time was right, Jesus stepped into creation. He came to free us from our bondage to sin and adopt us as His. Jesus looks at you and says, “MINE!” Are you amazed?
Christmas is amazing because we who were once alienated from God have freedom in Christ. We who were once slaves to sin are slaves no more. We who were once not a people who had no family have been adopted into his family.
Be amazed this Christmas.