We are just a few weeks away from Christmas. I love Christmas but this year as I thought about the plays and the gifts and all that Christmas is, I realized what it is not. Now, in the year 2018 Christmas is not about our Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s not about the miracle of the only virgin birth. It’s not about the reason Jesus, God in the flesh came to be born, live, die and rise again 3 days later to give mankind everlasting life. No now, in today’s society, Christmas is ALL about the gifts. Giving, receiving, outdoing, more and more debt and less peace.
I know we all say Jesus is the reason for the season. Don’t forget Christ in Christmas. We give gifts because He received gifts. Bla, Bla, bla. Please don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I buy and give gifts. I put up a tree. I cook the big dinner, I do it all too. But how many really make it about Him? Jesus? I don’t mean the quick, happy birthday Jesus. The reading of the birth of Jesus. The nativity scene on our lawn.
I’ve realized that A LOT of people don’t really know what Christmas is about. Even A LOT of churchgoers don’t. Saturday, when I was on my Facebook someone had shared an idea for a new tradition. If starting on December 1 (I know I’m late but you can catch up) if you read 1 chapter a day from the book of Luke then by Christmas Eve you will have read an entire account of Jesus’s life and so on Christmas, you will know who and why we celebrate.
Last night I was sitting outside our youth room talking with a young man and he asked where he should start reading the Bible, what book. I told him about this new tradition and that he should read the book of Luke. A few minutes later he looks at me and says, “Hey isn’t this what Jeremiah has been reading during our play practice?” Yes, and now it is beginning to “click” for him.
And so a new tradition begins!