Celebrating Christmas

According to Wikipedia, Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

But Christ has been lost in the mass of songs that tell of merriment, and rocking around Christmas trees.

Christ has been lost in the mass of tinsel and lights and trees that decorate our streets and homes

Christ has been lost in the mass of gifts that are bought, in the mass of money that is spent buying gifts that are expected to be bought.

Christ has been lost in the mass of seasonal films that warm the heart, that make you feel all Christmassy.

Christ has been lost in the mass of food that will be consumed as we eat and feast with family and friends

It seems that the mass, the excess, has become more important than Christ.

Our culture, especially here in the west, likes to focus on all the things that make Christmas special – the decorations, the tree, the gifts, the songs.  Maybe society does that because it does not want to listen to why Jesus came, and why His coming is worth celebrating.

But the reason why Jesus came is still the best news, the greatest news.   Christ came to a sinful people like us. He came to be the Saviour. To save us from our sins.  And He came and died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, so that if we believe and put our trust in what He has done, we can know forgiveness from our sin and be reconciled to God.

It is Christ-mas.   Christ is who we celebrate.  He is the one we ought to celebrate the most. 

As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9v15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Where will our focus be this Christmas – will it be on the mass, on the excess?  Or will it be on the Christ. The Saviour.  

Our prayer is that each of us will reflect on why we really celebrate Christmas – because of the Christ who was born to save sinners like us.