Christmas is coming, a lot faster than I’d like to admit! Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. I enjoy seeing family, relaxing, and most of all, taking some much needed time to recognize and ponder the incredible ministry of Jesus.
However for many of us, along with all the joy and exciting nature of this season, there comes a lot of anxiety, loneliness, and stress. If this is you, I want to put myself out there and let you know I also feel this way sometimes.
It seems to become a time of managing and manipulating your budget, trying to impress distant family or friends, and also dealing with huge crowds – everywhere.
I find it funny how even when you are surrounded by even more people than usual, you can still feel lonelier than ever. Our minds play tricks on us, and the shadow of socializing can be felt as a sense of being lost.
I did not write this blog post trying to convince you to look beyond the commercialization and materialism of Christmas, but also to try and convince myself! While I am happy to be able to give (and receive) many wonderful presents, I do feel a conviction to admire the real reason for the season.
Luke 2: 10-11 is one of the most popular verses on Christmas in the Bible.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”
The verse says joy for all of the people. Jesus’ birth (or a more theological term: the Incarnation) was an event that not only fulfilled many Old-Testament prophecies, but also was the powerful act of God reclaiming the world that he created and once called ‘good.’
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve made the conscious decision to take advantage of their free will, and indulge in sin. From that point on, God’s creation was infected with a disease that spread and manifested itself all over the Earth.
Jesus’ being born was the beginning of his powerful ministry that would save the world from sin, and allow followers of God to once again have the opportunity to live in a world where sin didn’t exist, thus reversing the incident in the Garden of Eden. Instead of us perishing, God made the ultimate sacrifice that cost everything, Jesus.
With this perspective, the Bible becomes much more of a living book than a history book. Every page of this book is about Jesus. From the creation of our very Universe, Jesus was always the only way for redemption.
This blog post has ventured quite a ways from the Christmas blues. Allow me to tie it all together for you.
Our feeling of stress, loneliness, and sadness around the Holidays is the result of us getting lost in the commercialization of Christmas, and forgetting the circumstances. Without Jesus, we don’t have a chance. There is only death, loss, and pain. We need to celebrate this time like it’s the best thing to ever happen to us, because it is!
That new FitBit or Xbox might be a pretty cool toy for you to get this year, but what good are these meaningless objects when we are constantly in the shadow of an ever approaching death? How could you enjoy your family-time with the whisper of heart ache and loss crawling up your spine?
Christ’s birth means unspeakable joy and hope to all of us Christians! I hope that together we can remember what this season is all about, and conquer our Christmas blues!