Merry Christmas

NativityTreeBokah1200Did you notice that “Merry Christmas” is back at the White House? President Donald Trump has made a point of letting people know that he will not shy away from the “Christ” in Christmas. I don’t know the president’s heart and am not going to make any inferences regarding whether this is purely for political reasons or whether he is genuinely celebrating Christ. But I do want to comment on what Christmas—the celebration of the incarnation of Jesus, His birth in Bethlehem two thousand years ago—really means.

It means: Love for all people, of all races, of all cultures, of all nations, of all sects, of all backgrounds, of all religions for all time!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son” (John 3:16, emphasis mine). When we celebrate Christmas, do we love like Jesus—do we love all people, whether Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, atheist, agnostic? 

Christmas is a celebration of life, of love, of goodness, of righteousness, of freedom. Christmas rightly understood is the presence of God—His physically stepping into this sin-sick, dark, and dying world in order to heal the sick, illuminate the dark, and destroy the ultimate enemy—death.

Jesus is the light to eradicate the lies, distortions, and misunderstandings about God that keep people living in fear, trapped by hate, and held hostage by prejudice. Jesus is the love that heals hearts broken by betrayal, burdened by guilt, and crushed by shame. Jesus is the life that destroys death and is the eternal, perfect, sinless life of love that purges our fear, replaces our selfishness, and renews us to be like Him! As Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

Jesus is the cure for this sin-sick, dying world. Jesus is Christmas; Jesus is peace; Jesus is unity. Jesus is the reason we celebrate. 

This Christmas, celebrate like Jesus and love your Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Atheist, or Agnostic neighbor. 

Merry Christmas!