At Christmas time, I often wonder what Jesus would say about our commercialism. I think about how he would react to our quest for more material goods. In America, retailers voraciously strive to achieve sales goals during the holidays. Couples aim to choose the picture-perfect gift for their special someone. People wait overnight in long lines for the opening of Black Friday. (Oh wait, Black Friday commenced early on Thursday this year, on Thanksgiving Day!) A few are even willing to trample each other to be the first to purchase a prized Sesame Street doll.
What’s wrong with our culture? Is the accumulation of stuff that important? Have we forgotten the original meaning of Christmas?
Don’t misunderstand me. I have nothing against capitalism and making money. In fact, if responsibly managed, I think the economic principles this country was founded on can be used for individual prosperity and the common good. And my family enjoys exchanging Christmas gifts every year.
However, I believe we have discarded the true meaning of Christmas for a cheap substitute. We clamor after more stuff, but it never satisfies. The thrill of receiving something new fades with time.
The simple story of a baby boy, born in a lowly cattle stall, to save the world from sin is lost on your average American Jack or Jill. They have been bombarded with commercial after commercial for the latest and greatest toy that must be had now! (It won’t be available next Christmas, you know, maybe never again!) They have bought into the lie that materialism will fulfill their deepest longings for acceptance, love, and purpose.
May I interrupt this cheesy holiday music and speak to all shoppers?
He is human.
He is also GOD.
His name is Jesus, God With Us.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
He not only came to save the world, but he came to save you and I!
He came to bring hope and peace to our lonely hearts.
He came to restore the broken relationship with our Creator.
He came to give us joy, and joy abundantly! (John 15:11)
He came for you, because He loves you. (John 3:16)
Jesus is the perfect gift.
A simple, peaceful Christmas recaptures the wonder of the baby boy, God of the universe coming to earth to save his creation. It’s not about how many bows we unfurl, mementos we stuff into stockings, or delicious calories we consume. These material things will one day vanish. The most satisfying present has already been gifted to you! I pray you have received and cherished this most precious gift, our Savior Jesus Christ.
How will you celebrate this CHRISTmas?