‘What are you doing for Christmas?’
It’s a common question you hear a lot at Christmas time, probably because it’s such an easy conversation starter. I’ve found that many people’s answers don’t really talk about what they will be doing, but rather who they will spend it with;
‘The whole family is meeting at Grandma’s house on Christmas Day, and then we are going to Nana’s house on Boxing Day…’
‘Well I’ll see you at church in the morning and then I’m off to see my parents for Christmas Dinner…’
‘We are having a quite one this year, just the four of us…’
So much time is invested into how we will spend Christmas with one another. We send Christmas cards, give one another presents, spend time eating Christmas Dinner and generally having lots of fun with our families. I bet Christmas is the most social time of the entire year (excluding social media of course!).
I hope that you enjoy the time that you get to spend with others this Christmas (and I hope that you do have people to spend it with; many people sadly do not). However, the whole reason I’m writing this post is to remind you not to forget to spend it with the most important person of all; Jesus. The whole reason for the season is that we might celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to focus on the meaning of his coming.
However, the culture we live in continually takes Christ out of Christmas each year and simply adds more mass; mass consumption, massive parties, massive presents, mass TV watching etc. If we are not careful we can also fall into the trap of thinking that having more means that we are better off. The only present we will ever need is the presence of Jesus.
Perhaps you are reading this and you have never considered that Christmas is a time to be spent with Christ. Perhaps you are realising that Christmas is not primarily about a day and what we do on it, but about a person, God, who became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus came to die for our sins (Matthew 1:21) so that we might know him. That is why we call him Immanuel, for he is with us (Matthew 1:23).
Do you know him? If you do then I hope you know what a joy Christmas time can be, but if you do not then I want to tell you that you can receive him as a free gift from God! You can know that your sins have been forgiven and that you can have eternal life in Jesus Christ! Come to Jesus today and you too can call him Immanuel, for he will be with you too =]