Christmas isn’t for Jesus. I said it. The most sacrilegious of all statements to be made about the 8 lb. 6 oz. baby Jesus that Ricky Bobby prays to before consuming gobs of pizza and gatorade (The NASCAR diet will get a book one day, I promise).
The most holy of days for CEO’s (Christmas Easter Only church attenders), and the season where faith doesn’t get the back seat to the “friends, family, and faith” portion of our wall decorations. No, Christmas isn’t for Jesus. It may be for Jesus in a pagan, 6th century, forced religious observance sort of way. But not in the traditional sense that we often state when asked what Christmas is for.
Christmas is for you, and me, and everybody else on earth. Christmas is for the sinner and the saint. Christmas is for the old, young, rich, and poor.
Jesus came to earth FOR us. He came in the form of a helpless baby FOR us. He was born in a cave to a blue collar family FOR us. His birth stands as a reminder of the work HE did FOR us. Christmas is His gift to us!
God didn’t need to do anything FOR anyone. His existence stands above all creation, and yet he extends himself towards us in love and sacrifice and service.
The entirety of Christianity is about God’s love FOR us. God’s desire to redeem us. To reconcile himself to us. It’s all His work and it’s all about His glory and all of that is directed to you and me. How incredible!
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him might have eternal life!” (John 3:16).
So remember that while Christmas is ABOUT Jesus, it’s not FOR him. It’s his gift FOR us.
Thank you, Jesus for all you do FOR us!