It's the most wonderful time of the year!
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. (John 1:9-10)
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Not everyone may perceive it so. For some, it’s stressful, embroiled in a culture of commercialised gift-giving, so much so that they may forget the real reason for Christmas. Some others can’t share in the joy of Christmas as they do not understand what Christmas stands for, and unfortunately, there are those still suffering in this season who can't recognise God in their lives. John 1 reminds why Christ came down for us. An indescribable gift! Yet, the world may not recognise Him. As we re-examine why and how we celebrate Christmas, we reflect on whether it is done in a way to honour Christ, and might we have lost sight of Him amidst the buzz.
I love the traditions associated with Christmas, even the secular ones as I sing to the tune of commercialised Christmas songs. I love the gatherings in this time of the year and putting up the Christmas tree and lights. We need not find fault in some of these traditions or be harsh for partaking in them, but be thankful that we get to enjoy these aspects with the rest of the world. However, beyond these good vibes of Christmas, is also a time to contemplate the implications of our Savior coming to be among us and the work that He came to do. He came to serve and not to be served. Can we then celebrate Christmas in a way to best honour Him, by walking in His footsteps? Christmas can be a time of festive celebration, but also a time for us to share the good news of the Christmas story with those who have yet to know Him, and to love and serve others around us.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for coming down to earth to redeem me. No words can describe what you have done for us. May we recognise you and glorify you as we commemorate this Christmas day, and help the world recognise you through our love, the way you love us. Amen.