As the Christmas season gets into full swing, the odd reality is that in many institutions, homes and hearts, Christ will be absent from his own birthday party.
Jesus is a gentleman, and he will not intrude as an uninvited guest. He is patiently waiting for the call, always watching and listening for earnest, or even seeking and uncertain voices to whisper his name. And he will always enthusiastically accept the invitation, bringing with him the gift of unconditional and lasting love.
It's the greatest news the world has ever known, that God came to earth in the form of a little baby and grew and faced the same human challenges as do we. I find it unfathomable that he loves me so much that he bore the suffering of the guilt of my sin. He did that for you too - and everyone you know. Yet, our “celebration” of his love has been reduced to focusing on the glitz and merriment of the “holiday” - with scarce a mention of who it is we are celebrating.
When we as a nation collectively reject the deep spiritual offering that Christ makes, and at the same time seize the chance to party, open gifts and take time off from work, a national and personal emptiness results. Yes, there is beauty and joy in celebrating our love for family and friends, but human love can only go so far. It is imperfect, and fleeting and even when it seems as close to pure as possible, it still cannot fill that hole in our souls that is meant for God.
Because we have successfully removed Christ from the Christmas season, many who might otherwise come to know him through the attention he should be getting will pass through just another holiday season as the proud owners of a few trinkets that will eventually tarnish, wear out and break. They will also enter the New Year the same as they left the old one - searching, hoping, longing for something more.
Will it be that way in your own home?
Don't allow your attention to focus on something as meaningless as just another “holiday” party. As our culture shuts out Christ for the sake of political correctness, don't shut him out of your home.
In Romans 1:16, Paul writes:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation for every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”