As this special time of the year unfolds, we find ourselves quite busy. It seems that so many of us are rushing to and fro on a daily basis. For some it is one Christmas party after the next. Or perhaps it is the stress and pressure of finding that perfect gift for someone. And of course there is the mounting pressure of Christmas shopping. It seems like with each passing minute the presumed impending deadline of Christmas can almost push us over the edge.
If the truth were to be told, and if by chance we stood before a judge and were called on to confess, we would find in my estimation many an individual who will express a certain degree of mixed emotions as it regards the Christmas season. On one hand there is the certainly of the joy and excitement that the season brings. But on the other hand there there is as well a sense of unwanted stress and pressure to meet expectations that we set for ourselves or perhaps we allow others to place upon us.
These days the Christmas season by all accounts is more and more focused on the commercial aspect of the season. On more that one occasion I have gone into various stores to see Christmas items and or decorations being displayed as early as the end of October. The Christmas season season has been described in a lesser sense as the “give and get time of the year.”
We also find as well during the Christmas season that it can be a time of great emotional difficulty. For those who have lost loved ones, it is a season that conjures up memories of days gone by. Days that we all will relive over and over again in our hearts and in our minds.
With all that the Christmas season brings, be it the good or the bad, the joy and or the sorrow there are moments when I believe that we may ask a question. A question that on the surface may seem simple, but in reality may cause us to truly search for an answer.
Christmas; What’s it all about? These times that we are living in I think we all would agree are a challenge. Every day it seems is one that finds us in a constant desire to just get to the end of it. But I am convinced in my heart that during this the Christmas season, more and more we find ourselves asking the question, “‘Christmas what’s it all about? Is it really any different from any other time of the year? Is it just about that which is temporary and then back to the norm?
So many are searching for an answer to this question. So many are seeking to fulfill their desire to answer this question. Where to turn to, or who to ask, what then will so many do?
And yet I would submit to each of us that the answer to the question has been there for us all along. An answer for this time of the year as clear as those Christmas bells themselves… Luke 2:7King James Version (KJV) “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
This scripture from the book of Luke is one that I would hope is familiar to all us. It speaks to the birth of our Lord and savior. Having heard and read this scripture many times, more often than not I find myself coming back to the concluding words of this verse. “Because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Even as our savior was being born, during a time when the world was in turmoil, we find that there was no room for him in the inn. Ecclesiastes 1:9 gives mention of a fact of life that “there is nothing new under the sun.”
These days it would seem are a mirror reflection of the day in which Jesus was born. . In the busyness of our rushing about during the Christmas season, at times we are guilty as well as saying to Jesus that there is no room for him in the inn. This inn being of course our lives, and most of all our hearts.
Christmas is and should stand as a reminder of what God himself was willing to do. If indeed we consider the Christmas season to be about giving and receiving, then what greater gift could all of us receive than that of a savior. God didn’t have to send to us a savior, but how blessed we are that he chose to send us a savior. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“
In spite of how at times we close the doors of our inn to our Lord and savior, and during those occasions when we say to him there is no room at the inn of our hearts, God decided to look beyond all of our faults, and he said I will meet you at the point of your needs.
This Christmas let us not merely pause, but actually stop and make time to consider the magnitude of the greatest gift that anyone will ever receive. A gift that will always keep on giving. A gift freely given and freely can be received. A gift with no expiration date and not needing to be returned for one reason or the other. It is the gift that is immeasurable in its preciousness, and incomparable in its importance. This gift from God himself, our savior is what it’s all about. This Christmas season let us remember that it is about CHRIST in our Christmas.
To God Be The Glory…
Alan T. Black