By: Ivelisse Ortolaza
Thud! Thud! Thud! Waking up to the sound of footsteps running down the stairs and around the house saying, “It’s Christmas!” Mom and Dad are crawling out of bed with bags under their eyes but smiles on their faces when they see the excitement of the children. The children rapidly tear the wrapping paper and begin using and playing with their gifts. Later, the family visits other relatives to exchange more gifts. This is the Christmas that many of us are used to. To many of us it’s the season of family, friends, Christmas parties, gift shopping and everything else that happens in this beautiful month we call December.
But isn’t it much more than this? We get so entangled in the month trying to decide what the perfect gift is for each family member and how we can make it better than the last, and how we’ll fit it all in the budget. Oh my! I think we can all identify with the struggle of getting caught up in this materialisticcentered mindset at one point or another. The sad part is that a lot of times we know the true reason for the season, which is the greatest gift of all: Christ Jesus!
Many of us know what Christmas means, but we have the tendency of pushing it to the back of our minds and only thinking of it before a Christmas dinner or on that Sunday at church while the pastor is preaching on it. We acknowledge the true reason for the season for a moment just to ease our conscience and then we justify the rest of our actions by saying all of our efforts are for the family and the good of others. If we are honest with ourselves, what this reaction boils down to is that we become consumed by something other than the Glory of God.
So this Christmas let’s glorify God above all! Exalt Him! He gave us the greatest gift of all:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
Leap with excitement this Christmas as you tell others of the good news! On one morning baby Jesus was born, he grew up to live the perfect life for us to follow and then was crucified for our sins. At that moment we were forgiven as he took on the wrath of God in our place. He rose on the third day and lives forevermore!
So don’t stress out about the gifts, the family parties, and the planning. Be free from that this Christmas. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give gifts or feel guilty for trying to get nice things for our family, but what I do propose is that this Christmas, Jesus be in the forefront of your mind. Acknowledge him as the greatest gift of all as you tell others about Him too. See the snow and remember Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Appreciate even the snow and remember the true meaning of CHRISTmas. Be joyful and merry! Love you all and may you all have a Merry Christmas!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ JESUS our Lord.” Romans 6:2