As we are in the height of the Christmas season, I think back each year about the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, we have the lights, the gifts, the toys, the FOOD, the wonderful Christmas music. We have parades and parties. We have candlelight services and Christmas plays. But what is Christmas all about? What is the real significance?
It may surprise you that I am not going to say it is not about Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a manger. That is certainly the main focus of what we remember, but that is not the real meaning and significance of Christmas. That scene is only a small part.
In fact, I do not even focus on Luke 2 at all for the underlying meaning of Christmas. I actually focus on John 1:14.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:14 ESV
The focus of Christmas is that God the Son took on flesh and became a man. He came into this sinful world to dwell among the wicked human race. He came to live a life that would end in tremendous suffering, pain, and death.
Christ came into this world to die for those who would believe in Him. To save them. To give them eternal life. To keep them from depths of Hell.
That is what we celebrate at Christmas. So, while we have all of our fun with our parties, movies, food, lights, presents, and everything else that goes with Christmas, let’s not forget what the real celebration is all about. After all, in the words of Linus Van Pelt, “That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”