It’s easy to get caught up in all the Christmas merriment of presents, music, and cookies. Afterall, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Who doesn’t love Christmas movies like Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Die Hard (up for debate), and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? It’s always special to see the Christmas fun during the holiday season. However, we must never lose sight of what Christmas is all about: the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is what separates Christianity from every other religion. God, longing to experience His creation, came to earth as a human being through His only Son, Jesus. No other religion in the history of mankind has ever had their God come to earth as a fellow man. This may seem confusing, so let’s break it down a bit.
God is three persons in one being: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. This core Christian belief is referred to as the Holy Trinity. Christmas perfectly exemplifies the unity of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit filled the Blessed Virgin Mary so that she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God the Father.
Now, let’s look at how and why God came to earth. God, being all-powerful, could have come down from heaven as a majestic king or mighty warrior, but God chose His Son to be born of a virgin in a manger. Jesus is the center of all creation, yet He came into the world laying on a bundle of hay! This is because God, in His love for us, wanted to experience all aspects of humanity, including suffering, which we see most valiantly when He died on the cross.
Jesus’ birth on Christmas day gives each and every person an inherent connection with God. This is because Jesus, as a man, experienced humanity like any other person. This connection, if accepted and embraced, can lead to eternal life with God in Heaven.
Christmas is also a perfect time for Christians to reflect on the holy life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When the angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she will bear the Son of God, Mary simply responds, “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38). Like Mary, we should strive to be God’s servants. Her life of obedience, chastity, and holiness is a beautiful example for us all.
Enjoy your Christmas presents and movies, but make sure to remember what the celebration is all about: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, Mighty God, and Savior of the world! God Bless and Merry Christmas!
“Therefore the Lord will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” -Isaiah 7:14
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