Did You Leave Christ Out of Christmas? #ChristCenteredChristmas

Everybody loves Christmas, the holiday we recognize to honor the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As Christians, we know there’s no Christmas without Christ, which is why I really wanted to do this series: #ChristCenteredChristmas. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holidays: buying and receiving gifts, visiting family, cooking, and even getting some much-needed rest, that we forget who this holiday was created for in the first place.

So this Christmas, let us take this time to really focus on His miraculous birth, and why it is so important for us to celebrate this historic moment in time. Think about it: if Jesus had never been born, walked this earth and experienced life in human form, all to ultimately be crucified and die on that cross for our sins, life as we know it would not be. And what an incredible sacrifice he made! For as Paul shares in Phil. 2: 5-8:

“Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men.  And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross” (The Living Bible).

 

Christ’s attitude was one of complete selflessness: He didn’t get caught up in himself but He gave himself for all of us. Yet in the world we live in, Christmas is often tainted with attitudes of selfishness, greed, and a complete disregard of Jesus’ birth.

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The true first Christmas was not even about receiving, but giving. In Matthew 2: 1-2, we learn that soon after Jesus was born, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem asking,

“Where is the newborn King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in far-off eastern lands and have come to worship him.”

They didn’t come wanting or asking for anything, but just to give Jesus the worship that he was due. And not only that but they came bearing gifts: “Entering the house where the baby and Mary, his mother, were, they threw themselves down before him, worshiping. Then they opened their presents and gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

They seized their opportunity and set the example of how we should all celebrate Christ’s birthday: worshiping Him and giving to Him. It’s wonderful to give and receive gifts as long as we remember to keep Christ at the center because after all, it’s HIS birthday. Don’t get caught up in the world’s way of celebrating this holiday, but be the example of what Christmas is truly about—our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Stay Saved,
♥ Kanisha
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  • Reply
    Christina J
    December 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this series and writing this!!!!! You know as Christians we can get caught up in the paganisms and the excitement about what the world says is Christmas now…even the church I attend had worldly Christmas décor like trees, stockings, and fireplace with wreaths and lights…I love Christmas décor but I felt so hurt by the church doing this and didn’t set up a nativity anywhere. I mean we have the Christmas program, but I was like “wow look at all this worldly décor right in the house of God.” We are in the world but not of the world…what do you think about holiday décor in churches?? but again thank you again for this series. I’m definitely following!

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      Kanisha
      December 14, 2016 at 5:33 am

      Thanks so much for your comment, Christina, & for following! That means so much to me!

      As far as decorations are concerned, I believe that’s all a matter of opinion. A lot of people get caught up in paganism vs. Christianity when it comes to Christian holidays like Christmas + Easter. But personally, I absolutely love Christmas decor and I don’t see anything wrong with beautifying the house of God with Christmas decorations. At my church, we absolutely love putting up the lights and decorating the tree, etc. What’s important, as I’m hoping to stress in this series, is making sure that Christ is glorified. So we always make it a point to bring Christ a gift on Christmas, usually money, just to show Him thanks and appreciation. Yes, the world uses Christmas to make money but I mean, that’s any holiday. But we do what we do for Christ, not for any sort of “pagan” reward.

      Furthermore, I think giving + receiving gifts is also wonderful, as long as Christ is first and foremost. We should strive to mimic the example that Jesus set for us, and He always gave without being concerned about getting something in return. So to me, giving to each other around Christmas time is something we should be excited to do. And when it comes to receiving, we should keep humble attitudes that are free of greed, spite, malice, and any other kind of negativity because this isn’t what Christ desires.

      Truly, we honor Jesus in many different ways, and I believe that trees, stockings, wreaths, and lights are just another way of doing that. It’s all about why you’re doing it, and as long as it’s unto Christ, that’s all that matters.

      Hope this helps, God bless you! 🙂

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