This is part 2 in my impromptu Christmas series. See the first part also, Peace on Earth.
As we approach Christmas, we reminisce over many things. Some material items, others ideas. So much do we relish the idea of love.
I love Christmas music. Honestly, I do. I love all kind of music, but there’s nothing more heartwarming than beautiful voices singing songs we know and love, and everyone celebrating Jesus’ birth – whether they know it or not.
It’s really cool.
Love is a prevalent theme in so many Christmas songs. Turn on the radio and you’ll hear,
“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…”
“Baby, all I want for Christmas is you…”
Yeah, yeah, I get it. Love is wonderful and complicated and all that. Christmas can be a romantic time.
However, I think we overemphasize the wrong kind of love at Christmas. People, we have the rest of the year to sing love songs. Romance is a thing, but it only exists because of God’s amazing love for us, His children.
And where did love first come from?
CHRISTMAS! (Didn’t see that coming, did ya?)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
1 John 4:7
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
This is ultimate love because God sent His Only Son to us. Not just to chill out on earth as a baby, but to die for our sins.
I stated a minute ago that love is a huge focus at Christmas. Romantic love, namely. I have a speculation as to why this is so.
When we look at the Baby in the Manger, that’s all we see. We see the Baby: meek and mild little Jesus. Is that exciting? Many of us think not. So, “Christmas is a time of love” – well, that’s what sells merchandise. “It’s the holiday season” – warm and fuzzy feelings envelop us. Or maybe it’s the sweaters? Regardless, we idolize love at Christmas time because it feels so right – and our culture embraces it wholeheartedly.
Our society has gotten used to looking at the manger and stopping there. This, I believe, is why so many of us miss the whole meaning of Christmas. We see Jesus, and politely comment, “that’s nice,” while distractedly browsing the latest StuffMart catalogs and making wish lists.
We don’t see the significance of the manger.
The Christmas story isn’t made up of one night in a stable with Jesus, Mary and Joseph, some angels, and shepherds. It is the kick-off of the GREATEST game-changing events in history – ultimately, where our sins are forgiven once and for all.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Jesus was born to demonstrate God’s love for us. His love for us sinners, at our darkest hour. The Baby was only the beginning. We shouldn’t stop there and say, “Oh, Jesus, how cute. Can we open presents now?” Because that isn’t what it’s about.
Can you picture an Almighty God, Holy Creator of the Universe, seeing His sinful children and saying in spite of their rebellion, “I love them and I want them to know Me”? That’s what Christmas shows. That He DID say that to us and we know that because of Christmas.
This is love.
1 John 4:10
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
His love is the model for us. True love is His unconditional love for us, when He had every right to be angry with us and could have just wiped us off the face of the earth.
As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us approach it with the right view of love. Not with selfish I-wants and Give-me-thats, but with a heart of gratitude for the love that we should be celebrating.
The love that makes us sing in the first place.
Thank you LORD, for Your amazing love.