Summary: Christmas is doing a little extra for someone!!! But then God did a little extra!
Christmas celebrates the awesome and amazing fact that is grander, wiser and more mysterious than we could have ever imagine. That is why the church (believers) must keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit. Because it’s the hope and the message of Christmas that helps you to stay glued together when life is falling a part, when it seems that the fabric of life is unraveling or has become frayed, it’s the depth of the meaning and mystery of Christmas that keeps the garments of our lives from being ruined. The amazing and awesomeness of Christmas has nothing to do with the “season”, but every thing to do with a Savior.
It’s the power and the person behind Christmas that meets us when we are bruised, broken, battered, burdened, and bewildered that makes Christmas and the other 11 months real to us. It’s the message and hope of Christmas that keeps you anchored and stable when the things are often unstable, shaky and crumbling all around you
The world spends a lot of time preparing for an observance (and I am pretty sure that some Christians get caught up in that as well, it’s hard not to). But Christmas is more than an observance, it’s an experience. It’s an experience of knowing that the Christ child that was born in Bethlehem has come to be born in you and me, and now your heart (and mine) has become a spiritual Bethlehem and He lives, abides in you (us) and with you (us).
And so for the believer and the church, all the Christmas presents in the world (regardless of whom they came from, how much they cost, how big or small the wrappings), all the presents are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.
There are multiple and meaningful definitions of Christmas, but I ran across this one. It’s applicable with more of a secular meaning, but as I thought about it, it has deep spiritual application as well.
Christmas is doing a little extra for someone!!!!
In that secular application, Christmas may mean going a step beyond what I would do, it means perhaps extending myself more than I would normally!
Christmas is doing a little extra for someone!!!
That is exactly what God did for mankind! He had given us a world in creation; He had given life to Adam and Eve. He created a garden for man to live, and placed a sun in the sky for daylight, and a moon and stars for the night. He had given Israel a name to be His people, a nation that stood above other nations, Kings to rule them, Prophets to teach and guide them in God’s ways, commandments for them to obey, Priests that interceded for them in special ways, miracles that affirm Him and bless them.
But then God did a little extra!
God went beyond what He had already done! He gave us an event in time and history that we call Christmas! He did something extra! He did more than He had done!
He gave more than He had ever given! That is Christmas!!
Christmas is doing a little extra for someone! God did something for all, not just for someone, but for anyone!!!!