The Gift of Christmas
“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”
Christmas is a celebration of love and mercy. A child born on a long forgotten date, in the stable of an obscure village, in a land despised by all her neighbors, lives to personify the love of God. He does not live in some mystical spiritual sense. Our eyes still behold Him. We see Him mercifully reconciling us to God. Christmas is a celebration of goodness. We are good and faithful sons of God, so proclaimed by God Himself. The goodness of the living Christ-child is daily transforming the creature we have become back into the likeness and image of a good God. Christmas calls us to remember the goodness hiding within us.
Christmas is a celebration of peace. Though the world around us rages; though we are despised by the world; though weak in faith, yet we have peace with God. A peace that passes all understanding is the gift of God that abides in the Christ.
Christmas is a celebration of light. “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Christ is the gift of light to darkened hearts. In Him we see and the vision drives us to Him. In looking at Christ we see God.
Christmas is a celebration of life. Christmas is an invitation to the life of God, not for a day or a month or a year, but for all time. We are invited to share the eternal life of God and be fed by the fruit of His Spirit.
Christmas is a celebration of joy. In the presence of Christ, there is fullness of joy. He was anointed with the oil of gladness that never runs dry but supplies all the house. Look up to the star shining brightly over the manger and rejoice with glad tidings of great joy.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”