Summary: Thoughts on Christmas from 2 Corinthians 8:9.
Christmas is a big deal! It is estimated that each year in this country, Americans use 28,497,464 rolls and sheets of wrapping paper, 16,826,362 packages of tags and bows, 372,430,684 greeting cards, and 35,200,000 Christmas trees during the Christmas season (Garbage magazine).
Yet, despite the popularity of Christmas, the true reason for the season continues to be obscured as the world insists on trying to keep Christ out of Christmas.
Two women who were having lunch in an elegant hotel were approached by a mutual friend who asked the occasion for the meal. One lady replied, “We are celebrating the birth of my baby boy.” “But where is he?” inquired the friend. “Oh,” said the mother, “you didn’t think I’d bring him with me, did you?” What a picture of the way the world treats Jesus at Christmas.
“To avoid offending anybody, the school has dropped religion altogether and started singing about the weather. At my son’s school, they now hold the winter program in February and sing increasingly non-memorable songs such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman” and - this is a real song - “Suzy Snowflake,” all of which is pretty funny because we live in Miami. A visitor from another planet would assume that the children belonged to the Church of Meteorology.” - Dave Barry, Syndicated Columnist
A little boy and girl were singing their favorite Christmas carol in church the Sunday before Christmas. The boy concluded “Silent Night” with the words, “Sleep in heavenly beans.” “No,” his sister corrected, “not beans, peas.”
Indeed, we now live in a time when multitudes of Americans simply have no clue as to the real meaning of Christmas. That’s why we, as Christians, must remind ourselves and the world of what Christmas is really all about.
In one verse, the apostle Paul shares with us the essence of Christmas. Let’s give consideration to what he tells us in this verse. Paul reminds us of the person of Christmas - the Lord Jesus Christ.
A. The person of Christmas is Lord.
The Greek word here is “kurios.” It’s Hebrew counterpart is “adonai,” the word substituted each time a Jewish scholar came upon “Yahweh,” or “Jehovah” (two possible pronunciations of the same name) the name that God referred to Himself by when speaking to Moses Exodus 3:14 (quickview) ). A name considered so sacred that the Jews dare not pronounce it when reading the Scriptures. In other words, when Paul refers to Jesus Christ as “Lord,” he is referring to Him as God. In referring to the person of Christmas as “Lord,” Paul emphasizes His divinity!
In the Old Testament, the name “Yahweh,” or “Jehovah” was often tied to a revelation about God’s character. There is Jehovah Jireh: “The Lord will provide,” (Genesis 22:14 (quickview) ); Jehovah Nissi: “The Lord is my Banner,” (Exodus 17:15 (quickview) ); Jehovah Shalom: “The Lord our Peace,” (Judges 6:24 (quickview) ); Jehovah Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier,” (Exodus 31:13 (quickview) ); Jehovah Ro’I: “The Lord my Shepherd,” (Psalm 23:1 (quickview) ); Jehovah Tsidkenu: “The Lord our righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6 (quickview) ); Jehovah Shammah, “The Lord is there,” (Ezekiel 48:35 (quickview) ).