It is the time of year when every store everywhere is getting ready for the Fall and Winter Holidays. A month ago we started to see Halloween costumes come out, within a few weeks there will be Thanksgiving trimmings being offered for cheap, and throughout this whole time we will be seeing Christmas ornaments and decorations slowly begin to emerge. For instance, a certain store that I happen to frequent due to my current employment situation has already gotten it’s entire Christmas collection up and people have been purchasing decorations there.
In addition to people complaining about stores not wishing them a Merry Christmas (as covered here), there will soon be hundreds of Christians wishing for the de-commercialization of this holiday. There will be complaints that the decorations are out too soon, wishes for people to understand the true meaning of the holiday, and flat out rejection of any celebration of Christmas as we know it because of it’s pagan roots.
But what if?
This year, instead of complaining about the early decorations and commercialization of Jesus, what if we took the time to rejoice in Christ instead? Consider the truth of the Gospel:
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5.21)Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.(Phil. 2:5-11)She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).(Matt. 1:21-23)