Although the past several Christmases have been “out of Kilter” – especially so this Christmas of 2011 – it still remains as the most wonderful time of the year. It is a time of color and light; which I believe is a mere foreshadowing of Heaven. Most of all, Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord.
This writer can’t say how many more Christmases there will be in this current world. None of us knows how many we have left individually or as a world that is perched on the precipice of colossal change. Will governments and schools take away the celebration of Christmas? Will Christ come to take His church to the Wedding Feast; subsequently setting the world up to enter Great Tribulation? Will economic collapse destroy all manner of the hyper-commercialization that has turned the Christmas season into a time of distress and pressure for shoppers and ruthless competition for retailers? Indeed, ailing Dollar Bill still sits as the King of Christmas in this culture, seemingly knocking the Lord from His throne.
Perhaps it is time to put forth the effort to refocus on what Christmas is truly about? The season can and should be a time of joy and celebration; without the over-commercialization. It is time to say “Merry Christmas” and not happy holidays. This is the time to rejoice in the birth of He who would be for a time the Man of Sorrows; He who would suffer pain and humiliation on a rugged cross – taking the sin of the world upon Himself and paying that debt with His life to make righteous those who would on faith accept that very act of grace. No, this is not a time of “gimme” and “I want” and of trampling one another to get that last Angry Birds Knock on Wood game. The excruciating pain and punishment was already dealt over 2000 years ago.
Please enjoy this Christmas for what it is meant to be. I hope and pray that in it you will find peace that transcends all understanding. We don’t know what Christmas Future looks like – but as world trends continue it may not be a sight to behold. So please, make amends with family and friends if bridges burned need to be rebuilt. Relax; stop rushing about in a frantic frenzy because nothing acquired in that whirlwind will retain value or give long-lasting pleasure. But, remember that old axiom that it is better to give than to receive; as Jesus gave all so that we may receive eternal life.
Merry Christmas! I sincerely thank you for reading…
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. ~ Isaiah 9:6-7