Worship Devotions

Do we celebrate Christmas for the wrong reason?

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them the light has shined…For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this.” ~Isaiah 9:2-7

The Christmas holiday season is a big deal in the lives of many, many people around the world, but does anyone remember what we’re celebrating? Or why? If you just said “Jesus” – your answer is only partially accurate!

So much emphasis is put into the “baby Jesus” aspect, when really, the gift that God sent to earth was the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. It was God’s intention to be reconciled to mankind in relationship- a relationship that was broken by Adam (and if not Adam, then by any one of us!) in the Garden of Eden because of sin. When Jesus died, once and for all, the chasm of sin that stood between God and man was closed. That is why we celebrate His birth- because His birth represents the great, wide, high, faithful love of God to come and get us. God waited thousands of years and got everything into place so His Son could come and mediate a “new and better covenant” than the old one under the Law (check it out: Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24). So we could be together with Him. THAT is true love!

[We celebrate the birth of Jesus] because His birth represents the great, wide, high, faithful love of God to come and get us

All of the Christmas “extras” outside of Jesus Christ are a distraction and they detract from God’s beautiful intent: love. Of course the enemy would try to refocus attention on anything else other than Jesus Christ. Jesus crushed his head (Genesis 3:15) and then gave us authority to do it too! (Romans 16:20) At Christmas, we celebrate what God gave us, yes, but we celebrate amiss. The gift isn’t Jesus. The gift of God, through Jesus, is salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), reconciliation, and peace between God and man.

Thought for today

The angels sang of Jesus’ birth not because they liked to sing at birthdays. No! They worshipped God because they knew: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” They were celebrating because they live in God’s presence and they knew His heart, how long He had waited, how carefully He’d planned and how desperately He desired to be with us again, and Jesus was the physical manifestation, the birth, of salvation and it was through Him that peace between God and man was mad possible, as God had always wanted it to be! Merry Christmas! 

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