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.
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.