Many people love them. The food, friends and family, gifts, music, ambiance, etc. all make it a beautiful and deeply appreciated time of year. Others hate the holidays. There are various reasons for this, such as losing a loved one around that time, broken family, lost friends, loneliness, hectic schedules, even music, ambiance, etc.
But regardless of the baggage a man-made holiday can carry with it, good or bad, there is something profoundly significant behind holidays that everyone should pay heed to, especially of Christmas. True, we don’t know when Christ was actually born, and true, December 25th was chosen centuries after Jesus to compete with pagan celebrations on the same date, but one important fact remains on what it has become – Christmas is basically a celebration of the incarnation of God.
God’s very essence became human. Born into the world as a humble little baby and grew up from boy to man. Why? To be served as the King of the universe that He is? No, not this time. That comes later. He said Himself He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10.45).
And gave His life He did. Dying on a Roman cross on a Jewish holiday He died to pay off the sins of alienated, rebellious, and broken humanity. Incredible. How can God die? He could because of His humanity, but more, He was raised from the dead three days later because of His divinity. Jesus is therefore the personification of resurrection and eternal life with God after death. As He said, “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me has eternal life…. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live even if He dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 6.47, 11.25-26) . Jesus calls on all people to believe in the crucified and risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, entrusting their eternal destiny to Him.
It doesn’t matter if you hate holidays or love holidays. They won’t last into eternity. Jesus’ question to you is the same – do you believe this?