Everything about Christmas celebration has become so befuddled that one has to wonder— if I were in a situation that exposed me to radio or television for the first time ever, would there be any likelihood that I would catch the true meaning of Christmas, CHRIST? In fact, I think that the average child in our country probably has a “warped” concept of what Christmas is all about. The adults are not much different.
We have commercialized this season to such proportions that little is left to celebrate Christ. There are “pockets” of understanding here and there, but they are just that, “pockets”.
Merriment has long ago replaced “Blessed” as a greeting. It has become a challenge to find a Christmas card that focuses on Christ. When the preacher in a church is saying “Merry Christmas”, I think to myself, “is this acceptable?” Certainly not when I understand the meaning of merriment.
It is OK for you to say: “Ted, you are “nit picking”! Fine! If I can encourage a few people to focus on Christ during this season, I will consider this labor of love to be in keeping with the original intent of Christmas as a time to be re-considered.
Please take a few minutes to read the account of Matthew 1:18-25. (NASB)
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.
But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
And Joseph awake from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,
But kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and they called His name Jesus.”