Summary: How does giving gifts to your family and friends honor Jesus? Are you thinking about Jesus as you buy the gift at Wal-Mart? When you are wrapping it? When you give it to the person? Sometimes our reasons to give are not healthy. Let’s take a look at what
Christmas Conspiracy/Reclaim Christmas Series
Bless More People
Bruce B. Miller
Bless more people
I heard a story of a lady who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, exhausted and frazzled, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids and two hurting feet.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season. Overwhelming pressure to get that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don’t forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sends us a gift or a card.
Finally, the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the elevator. She pushed her way into the elevator, dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed she couldn’t take it anymore and exclaimed, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot.”
From the back of the elevator everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, “Don’t worry, we already crucified him.” For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
We all know that modern Christmas is messed up. In our culture it is a commercial event designed to increase retail sales. Over Black Friday weekend, we spent 54 billion dollars. Every year we hear the cries to remember the reason for the season and put Christ back into Christmas. That’s what Christmas Conspiracy is all about. This series is rooted in the desire to celebrate Jesus’ birth. We are joining thousands of Christians in hundreds of churches calling for a Christmas Conspiracy. Often the word “conspiracy” is used in a negative light, but we mean it in the positive sense of a group of Christ-followers willing to stand against the culture. Jesus calls us to be counter-cultural. Let’s conspire together at Christ Fellowship to resist the forces of consumer culture telling us to buy gifts on credit cards, using money we don’t have, to buy gifts that people don’t want.
Who is this whole Christmas season for again? The big news of Christmas is that God entered our world as the baby Jesus. Jesus lived and died for our salvation. We would have no way to experience forgiveness or heaven if Jesus had not come.
I think Christmas should a huge birthday party for someone. Could you imagine if on your birthday we all gave awesome gifts to each other, but gave you nothing? So at Christmas who should get the gifts? And what kind of gifts does Jesus appreciate?
Today, I want you to open your mind to be challenged. If you have been in church for a while, you may have heard many Christmas sermons so you may be tempted to let your mind go on neutral because you think you know the story so well. Think with me: Is Christmas a Christian holiday? Of course it is in the sense that we are celebrating the birth of our Savior. But hang with me. What do most of our current Christmas traditions have to do with Jesus?