The Christmas spirit is already being sprinkled liberally around like falling snow, flakily dropping in shops, yearend functions and churches across the land. On first glance it’s all carols, mangers and gold tipped angels with food and wine and merry making mixed in.
Now preachers have long been crying out that the worldly sparkle is without a spiritual glean. They’ve been calling their congregations back to, “the reason for the season.” They’ve been shouting out that the twinkle, glimmer and razzle dazzle that arrives at the beginning of December is merely a trick of the eye, a mirage, a forgery of reality.
You see, to the world, the baby in the manger has become a sweat tale of fluffy frivolity. As He lies on a bed of straw with sheep and oxen standing by we are subjected to stories of feel good triviality shaped around wisps of love of hope or of peace. But the reason, the meaning, the intension of why, why He had to come remains elusive, all but lost.
Despite the pressures of our current age, the pandemics and tsunamis, the famines and wars, the credit crunch and global warming; God did not send His son to die upon the tree of Calvary so that an affected world might have another warm and fuzzy holiday, some sort of a temporal relief, a band aid or a spoon full of sugar. God sent His son Jesus to an infected world ravaged by sin that He might die on the behalf of sinners, a substitute, ransomed for those who could not nor would not pay the penalty themselves.
When the angels belted out the Alleluia chorus it was to herald the birth of the Son of God, Light’s true Light, the Word of God, Emmanuel, which is God with us. God’s great redemptive plan of salvation, worked out to His eternal praise and glory, fulfilled in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
On the reason for the season, Philippians 2 reads,
God’s glory manifested in Christ’s birth, Christ’s death, Christ’s resurrection, our conversion and ongoing sanctification. The sparkle of Him that saves is true radiance indeed!