It’s the time of the year when the kids get excited for presents under the Christmas tree, cards being sent by the truck load, maybe (although unlikely in the UK) even some snow falling, carols being sung and even some parties. But is this really what Christmas is? What has startled me over the few years of my teaching career so far is that the meaning is lost on children.
Now I will point out that I am not religious here, so if I make any mistakes in here and someone who can either add to this or correct it by all means do, but this is what I was taught at school.
Christmas is the time of Jesus’s birth, and the sign of God showing His great love for the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.
It’s a time to celebrate that through Jesus, we are all God’s children. Through Adam and Eve we have inherited the nature of sin which needs to be removed. Jesus died on the cross for each and every one of our sins, and if we truly believe that, then God can enter our hearts and forgive and cleanse us of our sins.
However, Christmas is not a time of joy for everyone. There are those who may not be home for Christmas for various reasons, whether they be serving in the military overseas, suffering from illness in hospital, or even sadly no longer with us. This year there has been the added impact of the Ebola outbreak in countries in West Africa, which has had suspected cases all over the world. There are also families who are living in poverty all over the world, for whom the thought of tucking into a roast turkey dinner or giving/receiving a present is but a distant dream, a far cry from the reality that they face. So while we may be fortunate to be able to celebrate Christmas in the various ways that we do, spare a thought to those who aren’t so privileged.
I hope everyone who reads this has a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I’m going to do what I haven’t done in a while and finish this with a song called O Come All Ye Faithful, performed by one of my favourite artists PelleK. Enjoy!