The Redemptive Story of Christmas
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Christmas is the most celebrated season of the year. Above all the reasons why we celebrate the season, it is the story of redemption that is at the heart of the Christmas drama.
Christ came to earth, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn. The birth of Jesus our Saviour as a baby reminds us that God's love is light in darkness, constancy of love and faithfulness, which invites us to live by the love that He has first shown us.
The blessings of Christmas are precious but fragile. A child is born into poverty. Kings worship at his crib, but another king threatens his life. This child becomes the world's greatest teacher, who offers us new hope and the means to be saved.
As Christians, we need to redeem Christmas from the crass commercialism of modern society. We need to save Christmas from our sentimental selves. We need to read the Christmas story as the very first actors did. Then, we need to respond as they did, with worship.
"Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man - His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God - when we present our bodies a living sacrifice." -Vance Havner
And so as we enjoy the abundance of food on the table, the 13th and 14th month pay and other extra bonuses let us never fail to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and that is Christ redemptive story of salvation amidst our sins.