By Rebecca Allen
“Forget what you’ve heard about Jesus, if it doesn’t begin and end with love.” - David Phelps, Break Free
As we get closer to Christmas and the end of 2015, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season that includes preparing for finals, making last-minute shopping trips, and packing up to head home for Christmas break. Add to the fact that our political correctness-obsessed society has told us that we can’t say “Merry Christmas” anymore, that we have to call Christmas Trees holiday trees because it’s less offensive, and that Santa has become the main attraction that takes the attention away from the baby in the manger. As a result, this time of year can be very bittersweet for Christians.
In the last few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to define what Christmas really means to me, to identify the parts of Christmas that no one can take away from me, regardless of whether it is considered politically correct or not. What I realized is this:
Christmas isn’t about what God has done for us; Christmas is about Who God is to us.
Christmas About Who God is to Us
See, every day we ask God to do things for us, from helping us pass a test we didn’t study enough for, to asking for a miracle that will cure a loved ones illness, to asking His blessing over our meals. Those are all very good things to ask God for, but have you ever thought about the fact that God does not exist to take care of us? That God is so much more than just a distant Father who watches over us and intercedes when He feels like it? Who God is and what God does are related, but Who God is is far more important than what He does.
Jesus Gave Up Everything for US
Christmas means that Jesus, Who had everything, gave all of that up for us. Not because we’re anything special. No, He gave everything up for us because He is love personified. Jesus will never, ever be anything less than the loving, caring, compassionate, generous, tenderhearted God of the universe that He was before He came as a baby over 2,000 years ago.
Jesus is Love Personified
So what does Christmas really mean to me? It means that I need to look past my own needs and wants, desires, hopes, and fears, and focus all of my attention on the only thing that matters: Everything Jesus is and does begins and ends with His love for us. I want to live every day living out my belief that Jesus can never be anything less than love personified. What He does for me is a bonus on top of the outrageous truth that God allows me to know Him and love Him. May we never forget what a privilege it is to be loved, and to love, the God who holds the whole universe in His hands, but Who humbled Himself and took the form of a baby to ensure that we would be able to spend eternity with Him.
May God bless you abundantly this Christmas, and every day after. Merry Christmas!