What if Your Christmas Isn’t Merry?
I recall a news interview that I watched years ago. A woman was interviewed, and she just lost a sibling in a disaster abroad. Christmas was nearing, and the woman and her family had no plans of celebrating it because of the loss of their loved one. For them, Christmas wasn’t merry.
The interview got me wondering. I had to ask myself some questions. Is Christmas about the sibling who just died in the calamity? Is it even about the family being complete?
For most of us, if not all, we have wrong notions about Christmas. Sure, we know that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But how many of us really celebrate its true essence? And how true that we celebrate it as if it is about other things apart from Jesus?
We celebrate it as if it is about the gifts, the great shopping deals, the festivities, the get-togethers, and the family. There is nothing wrong with these things. But when we make these things the ultimate object of our Christmas merriness, or joy, then we make ourselves prone to sorrow. Just remove these things, and see how we immediately say that we don’t feel Christmas. Then we become sad.
Friends, Christmas is not about these things. Rather, it is about the gracious and glorious God giving us the good news of a Savior born in the person of Jesus Christ (see my blog The Fulfillment of the Promise: The Purpose of Christ for a related discussion). For a sinful humanity doomed to hell, this is the greatest gift mankind could ever receive (see Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16). So God should be the ultimate object of our Christmas joy, for He gave us the greatest Gift of all.
When we remember that Christmas is all about God and His giving of His Son, the Savior Jesus Christ, to us, there’s absolutely no way we can be sad.