You are the reason for the season!

Yes, you read that right. YOU are the reason for the season. I know, I know, that’s almost blasphemy to most Christians because from buttons to bumper stickers we’ve been told that Jesus is the reason for the season.

 

Now, before you pick up a rock to stone me, let me explain. First, let me say that, yes, I agree that Jesus is the reason for the season. Christmas is not about a fat-bearded man in a red suit, and it’s not about the endless commercialism that this season brings (although an Xbox One would be nice). Christmas is first and foremost about an angelic proclamation – Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (PB paraphrase of Luke 2:9-10)

 

So, yes, this season is all about celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, but let me ask:  Why is it that Jesus came to planet earth in the first place? Why was He born of a virgin in an obscure little town? Why would God send His one and only Son to earth?

 

It’s because God loves you, and me, and this whole world. It’s because of this well-known verse …

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

 

In Luke’s account of the angel’s proclamation he said – unto YOU is born this day a Savior. This Savior was born for, or because of, you. This Redeemer was born because of the great love that His Father had for you. So you see, in a way Christmas really is all about YOU! What a great line to share with someone – you do realize that Christmas really is all about me, right? And then you can tell them that Christmas is about them too.

This message changes people. From the first century through today, when people realize the God Who created the heavens and earth, Who spun the galaxies into orbit keeping them moving rhythmically together, is the same God Who loves and cares about them ― it will revolutionize their lives. It will change the way they approach God.

 

Christmas really is about you, and me, and us…everybody. It’s for all people. Red, yellow, black and white, rich and poor, deserving and undeserving, from the greatest to the least … all are precious in His sight. And for those of us that know and have received this love, we also know that not everyone knows this.

 

So let us live to tell that story! Christmas is all about you – you really are the reason for the season!

 

With Joy,

Pastor Brian