> an uproar over the removal of “Christmas” from holiday coffee cups > family gatherings (for better/worse!) > gifts for each other > goodwill towards our fellow man (I… just donated $10 for 3 Oreo cookies to kids raising money for a fundraiser outside Trader Joe’s!!).
>> the birth of Jesus Christ.
>>> THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS is deeper. More than any of that, it is about what God is saying through the birth of Christ, not just the birth of Christ itself or the feelings/traditions it evokes.
Jesus’ birth is God’s way of saying:
“…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” [Matt. 1:21]
God looked into the human spirit and saw it completely stained by sin. Jesus was born so that he might save us from our sins – sin living inside us [Rom. 7:24,25], sin giving Satanic forces power over our lives [Col. 2:13-15] and sin leading to God’s wrath and hell [Rom. 5:9]. Jesus’ virgin, sinless birth is proof to us who aren’t that his righteousness is enough to save you and me.
“…and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” [Matt. 1:23]
God looked into the human spirit and saw it was completely empty of His presence. Today we try to define “god” in different ways and experience him through our own power. But God provided a different way. He became human so that he could be “‘with us” on earth and “in us” for those who trust His son as Lord as Savior.
Our souls are cleansed and filled with God when we choose to believe and follow him as Lord [Rom. 10:8-10]. His birth made that possible at Christmas.