Merry Christmas to you and yours. It feels nice to say that, doesn’t it? It has a MUCH nicer ring than “Happy Holidays”, or some other meaningless banter the left wants us to use. And that’s what we need to realize and talk about today. It’s Christmas. It’s also Hanukkah, but for Christians, it’s one of the two most important days of the year. Let’s not forget why we celebrate Christmas.
We aren’t getting the day off work tomorrow because we got new toys or clothes or bling to play with or show off. We don’t get the day off of work because we have really busted our rear ends in December, and we’re getting rewarded with a day off tomorrow, and another day off next Monday. This holiday is about one thing and one thing only.
You are getting the day off tomorrow to celebrate the fact that a very long time ago, in a place you probably would view as inhospitable, a child was born in a manger. That means the child was born in a barn…with animals all around Him. That child grew up, knowing that He was going to face an early death. A death that was going to be exceptionally painful, made worse because He was going to lump all of the sins of all of the people on earth, and those not even close to being born yet onto His broad shoulders. He was going to have nails driven into His hands and feet, and crucified until He suffocated. He was mocked and scorned, and put between two common thieves. And He forgave us for that treatment. He forgave us for the sins we committed, not just up to that point, but for all time. And all we had to do in exchange was ask for forgiveness. All we had to do was accept Him as our Lord and Savior. We didn’t have to contribute to his political party. We didn’t have to vote for Him in some popularity contest. He didn’t care about that.
And in this day and age, we have more and more people that turn their back on that gift. They’d prefer to think they know better how to lead their own lives. They would like to think that spending an hour once or twice a week in church is a waste of time. They would like to believe that talking to some “unknown” being as if they are in the room with us is foolishness. Sorry. I don’t believe it’s foolishness. And I don’t believe that Jesus Christ is in the room with me. I believe His Holy Spirit is in my heart. And I do believe that He hears me. And I do believe He listens. And I do believe He cares.
And this is one of just a handful of days that we humans, have to set aside a day to pray about what He did for us back then, and what He continues to do for us today. He has prepared our souls to be eternal, even though our flesh isn’t. We need to remember that. We need to give thanks for His sacrifice. We need to celebrate His birthday.
And THAT, Virginia, is why we celebrate Christmas!
Carry on world…but in this case, you are NEVER dismissed!