What is Christmas? Is it just; cards, plenty of shopping, expensive gifts, bright mixed colored street lights, beautifully wrapped gifts or drinking sprees?
Common Christmas; Old and New Testament readings give a Biblical perspective of what Christmas ought to be. We read in Isaiah 9:4-7:
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
And in Luke 2: 4-14;
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The two passages define Christmas for us, from Biblical perspective. That Christmas is a celebration of The Loving God in action for us.
- God’s action of fulfilling His promise. God promised through prophet Isaiah regarding a child to be born for us. This is fully fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. We ought to celebrate God’s faithfulness to us.
- God’s action of bringing good news. The humble shepherds, who were for the beginning terrified, were comforted by the angel who said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news”. We are often bombarded with bad news by the mass media. Christmas is good news.
- God’s action of His great love for us. The one born is not less than God himself but His only son. A great Christmas gift wrapped in the life of a babe.
- God’s action addressing those pertinent longings in our daily lives. Our longing for able counselor, caring family figure, peace and justice. For the one born is a “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…. and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever”.
“Our dear heavenly father, we are ever so thankful for your love to us. We pray that this Christmas, we will not be distracted by the pomp of ungodly celebrations but rather celebrate the good news of your faithfulness and love in “the born Savior of the Word”, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.