Most of us can remember a day not so long ago when the Christmas season “officially” began around the 15th of December. It was a time, especially for kids to start getting excited about what was coming soon. Just this year I saw a commercial on TV about the start of the Christmas holiday season in early November. Why???? How can we go from a couple of weeks to a couple of months? Doesn’t that take away some of the excitement and anticipation? Doesn’t that take away from the real reason we have Christmas?
We need to start by looking at what the scriptural meaning of Christmas is.
Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Micah 5:2-3 (NASB)
2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
3 Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel.
A child will be born a son will be given, seems like a gift is given. Is that why we trample people on black Friday to get special gifts for our families? Seems to me the gift was already given some 2000 years ago. We do whatever it takes to get that perfect gift when in reality it is nothing more than man’s gift to himself instead of looking at the one that was already given. Was that gift not good enough? May it never be.
We can clearly see we are off track right at the beginning. When you lose the foundation of a building then the whole thing will crumble. That is where we are today, crumbling and at a high rate of speed. How much further are we going to go?
What can we possibly do about this loss of a foundation? It may seem a simple and easy answer but one we have to entirely change all of our thinking. Rebuild the foundation.
John 3:16-17 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Ephesians 2:8 (NASB)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
This sounds so very simple and in reality, it really is. Accept the gift and then pass it along to all others we meet. This is the foundation that all of our lives must be built on and the base of all we do in this life. In other words are we going to look long and hard for that perfect gift to give others or look at the gift that was given to us some 2000 years ago and return to the foundation that God has given us that will radically change the world one person at a time and then we will see Christmas as He originally made it
Next month we will return to the examination of what salvation truly is
In His Service