Christmas can be an incredibly depressing time. What is meant as a celebration of our Savior’s birth has become a tired obligation for many. People are finally starting to turn their noses at the stench of entitlement and “gimme” attitude that seems to pervade the air this time of year. Society is slowly becoming cognizant that family, food, and gifts just cannot fill the holes in their lives nor the cloud of depression that hangs over this world. In the end, it’s necessary to look past your Christmas list and bow to the babe in the manger. Jesus is what makes it all matter, and if we can dig up some gratitude for his coming, then the food, family, and presents will becoming complementary treasures rather than our only concern.
There’s a sect of Christians that get their dander up at the thought of even celebrating Christmas because of its fallacious coating of greed. While they make good points, when has it ever been a good idea to bow to the world? As long as there’s Christ in Christmas, I will celebrate my Savior’s birth. And yes, I can comprehend that Jesus was most likely not born on December 25th. On the other hand, it’s a non-factor when one considers the immense hope that landed in a Bethlehem stable. The reality is that Christ was born, and to stumble over a grumble about the veracity of a birthdate is absurd. Who wants an exact birthdate? Have we forgotten the time?
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” -Revelation 22:13
We know that lawlessness is increasing, and that has always been a product of people rejecting the hope provided by Christ amidst the decay of the world around them. C.S. Lewis once quipped, “Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy” (Mere Christianity). However, we know who we are in Christ, and the security that he provides through salvation must be trumpeted during this season.
Latch onto the love that our Savior brought, because it’s the only love that can turn ISIS insurgents into prayer warriors. This love is a must in a volatile and vicious world. He will redeem if we can find the humility to fall at his feet just as the shepherds and wisemen once did at his manger. They knew the Lord when they saw Him; will you do the same? Colossians provides believers with our objective for this Christmas.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
The precious babe in a wooden manger would soon take his residence upon a more crude hunk of wood called the cross. Stretched out on the cursed totem and breaking the back of Satan, Jesus distributed the most unconventional, colossal token of love ever wrapped with no Black Friday deals necessary: salvation through His blood. He died for the you that was utterly detestable, and that’s a cause for celebration! Militant consumerism can’t purchase this gift of grace, so let your celebration lead someone else to sanctification this Christmas season.
No longer a curse, trees are decorated in our homes with replications of our Savior’s birth usually resting underneath in a model nativity. When you all open your presents with a veteran’s familiarity, look closely at the tree. If you squint closely, you’ll see the cross amidst the branches with Jesus hung upon it. Shifting focus, you can almost make out the words etched upon the wooden manger underneath the tree: LEST WE FORGET. Then, you can know that no amount of frenzied shopping, last-minute baking, or public assaults on nativity scenes can distract you from the child that was born unto us. The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah got it right, for the zeal of the Lord accomplished this.
P.S. What I’m about to say is possibly offensive, crass, uncultured, and politically unorthodox…Merry Christmas everyone. Jesus Christ reigns and no amount of historical revision or pluralistic theology can blacken that fact.
Kevin Cochrane is an nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.