What a great time of the year! Most folks are just a little happier. They decorate their homes; they have more friends and family in to share meals and fellowship. Most give gifts of some kind with some one. In general, it is a happy if not joyous time of the year.
I realize of course that is not true for everyone, some folks are overwhelmed by the season. The business, the gift buying, the traffic and the expectations are somewhat nerve wracking.
What is the TRUE meaning of Christmas, or does it really have any meaning other than a great big party to our world. I like what Charles Tucker has to say about it. Notice below:
“This time of year we talk about “the True Meaning of Christmas.” OK, I know that Christmas isn’t mentioned in the Bible; Jesus nowhere tells us to observe His birthday. But the fact that Jesus was born into this world to live among us as one of us is indeed at the very center of the gospel. It was “when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). We must believe that Jesus was born as a real flesh and blood baby in order to accept that He gave His body and shed His blood on the cross (1 John 1:1-2). Jesus became flesh and blood like us in order to redeem us (Hebrews 2:14). Jesus was Immanuel, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23). Because we connect this time of the year to the story of the birth of Jesus, there really is a ‘True Meaning of Christmas.’”
I agree with Charles. If this season puts Jesus more in the forefront of people’s hearts and minds, then it does give a meaning to Christmas, which is truer than any of our other World Holiday’s.
No, Christmas isn’t in the bible, but Paul tells us in Romans 14:4-6,”Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval. In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him.”(NLT)
So, Paul tells us that if we want to set aside special days to honor God, then do it, but do it wisely. A day to honor God is not about giving gifts or feasting with friends, it’s about remembering our God and what he has given us.
Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.