Here we are once again. The first of December and another Christmas season is in full swing. The music has been playing since the first of November, the lights and decorations for many have been put up and turned on since before Thanksgiving and most of us have probably bought at least one gift for someone.
But does it seem like Christmas?
We are coming toward the end of one of the most historic years in recent memory. A pandemic, a brutal election season and uncertainty in so many areas of our lives. Most of us have looked forward to the holidays as a reprieve from all of it. So the excitement of the season is definitely in the air. A welcome relief to be able to focus on something good, something exciting.
As we roll full blast into the season, hopefully all of the busyness doesn’t get in the way of Christmas. Hopefully we can take time, breath and be reminded of what Christmas is. Among the lights, the trees, the gifts, the food and fellowship, we have the one thing that makes Christmas Christmas, Jesus. If we want it to feel like Christmas then we need to have Jesus in the center of all of it.
The birth of the Savior is the reason we do everything that we do. Whether or not we notice it in the middle of everything else during the holidays, the whole purpose of the celebrating is to lift up the name of Jesus. Fortunately for us, we don’t limit that to a month or so out of the year. We don’t have to turn it off on December 26th to get ready for the next holiday on the consumer calendar. We get to celebrate Christ every day. Since there is no greater gift given to mankind than the gift of Christ and the redemption that is offered through him, he is definitely worthy of our adoration year round.
It is both wonderful and humbling to know that the Christ in Christmas is the Christ worthy of praise, worthy of Worship and worthy of our time in celebrating this season and every day. May this Christmas season be the most joyful and worshipful one that we have ever had. May it be one that we truly celebrate God and his redemptive plan for us. Merry Christmas to you and your family from Grace City Church.