I love Christmas. I love the music, the decorations, the food, the celebrations, the gatherings, the gift-giving, the trees, the movies and television programs, and just about everything else involved with Christmas.
But there’s a danger in all of it, and if we’re not careful we’ll succumb to it. The danger is that we forget what (and Who) the season and the holiday is all about – the Lord Jesus Christ.
A story is told (and I have no idea if it’s true or not, but it makes a good point) of the christening of a baby by a wealthy European family. A large number of guests was invited to the family’s home. As the guests arrived, their coats and wraps were taken to a bedroom and placed on one of the beds. After the usual amount of visiting and catching-up, they were ready for the christening ceremony, and someone asked, “Where’s the baby?” The nurse went upstairs, found nothing, and returned in a panic. She couldn’t find the baby! After several more minutes of searching, someone remembered that the baby was put on one of the beds before anyone arrived, and there they found it – smothered under the coats and wraps. The entire reason they had come – the baby – had been neglected, forgotten, and now destroyed.
In our involvement in all of the trappings of Christmas, let’s not neglect, forget, or even destroy the reason we celebrate Christmas at all – Jesus Christ, the baby born in a manger who would save His people from their sins and is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Don’t forget the Baby!
As Isaiah the prophet said,