John 1:1-5;14 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
My teenaged daughter made an very astute observation this morning; she commented that we in the Western church, especially in America, really take Christmas and Christianity for granted. She wondered if we would risk our lives and well-being for the sake of believing in Jesus Christ, God becoming a human being and sacrificing himself for our sins on our behalf, to reconcile us to Him.
She wondered about the countless believers in other countries around the world celebrating Christ's birth in the shadows, offering their worship and praise. Would we be be so willing to participate in the Christmas celebrations that we do, if we knew it would mean certain death or imprisonment?
As we remember and spend time with family and friends celebrating the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ, be sure you truly understand the immense and amazing reason for season. Don't just go through the motions without knowing deep within in your soul, what you are doing this for. It is not just a time to enjoy, but it is a time to really commit to what it truly means to be a Christian.
Today millions of Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. He came quietly onto the planet, in simple surroundings, a child of lowly birth. Today we remember that the Creator of the universe, "emptied" himself, and clothed himself in the same flesh as you and me. He did this so that we would be able to relate to and become as close to God as a friend or a brother. As you "make merry" this Christmas, remember in whom you have believed.