Christmas is a little over two weeks away, and almost everywhere you look, you see the signs of the season: evergreen trees, decorations, nativity scenes, garland, ornaments, wreaths, and lights. (In the retail stores, you started seeing those signs around Halloween.) People are hustling and bustling around, trying to find perfect gifts for family and friends, making sure the little ones’ faces light up bright as the sun on Christmas morning.
This is the time of year that we celebrate the coming of the Messiah, Immanuel, Jesus. This is when we remember the anticipation of the coming Christ, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies concerning Himself. This is when we take time to thank God for His amazing gift of grace through His only son, Jesus Christ, the Blessed Redeemer who came to take away the sins of the world.
He came, so that we would no longer be slaves to darkness. He is the only reason for the season. No matter how commercial December 25th becomes, no matter how desensitized some of us become to the merriment and good cheer, Jesus Christ intentionally took on the form of man to become the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for us – ALL of us. That’s enough, even more than enough, to rejoice this Christmas season. Jesus Christ, the light of the world, has saved us from our sins.