This phrase: “JESUS, THE REASON FOR THE SEASON” captured my attention many, many years ago. Those six words express the meaning and purpose for Christmas in great volume. It seems as if I was hearing the phrase being echoed in every preparation made that year. Those sentiments had first permeated during that Christmas season years ago. Well, things have not change for me, I have celebrated many Christmas seasons and in many different places; and Jesus is still the reason for the season.
Christmas is such an exciting time of the year for me; I simply love the peace, goodwill and sharing that engulf the holiday season. The scene is so angelic, our favorite Christmas songs are being sung and played all around us. People are excited about the possibilities of giving and receiving gifts from friends and love one, and even the most scrooge of the season is convinced to give. Cards selected many months before are mailed at the appropriate time to reach that destination just in time to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to special ones far away. Family trips, outings, church and business fellowship is at an all- time high; it seems as if even the meanest person gets an invitation to dine with someone. The season for all of this is most eloquently stated in the following verses.
Luke 2:8 – 15, “And there was shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them. “Do not be afraid,” I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.
Luke 2:11 “Today in the city of David a Savior’ has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. “ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace’ to men on whom his favor rests”.
Wow! What a revelation of whom Jesus is, the first and last time a birth announcement has been announced by a heavenly host and angels. We are such privileged people to be the reason for this.
Luke 2: 15: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
You see the Christmas trees are topped with angels and stars to remind us of divine protection and spiritual direction that we are to receive from Jesus, yet we take those directions and protection for granted all-year-long. God had great and mighty reasons to send His Son to us over two thousand years ago and those reasons have not changed but are still being fulfilled each season.
”So now, what is the reason for this great fanfare of celebration? “JESUS’ BIRTH”. According to Mathews 1:18-20, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before the came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means, “God with us.”
Those Scriptures, when read instills a deep desire within me to shout from the mountain top who He is, really is to me, and what amazing things He has done for me and through me. GLORY TO GOD!!! You just got to love Him to appreciate Him.
To understand the reason for our Savior coming we first have to have a realistic understanding of the human condition. Each one of us is separated from the Holy God, because each has turned away from him. The Bible refers to the act of turning from God as sin (Roman 3:23). The inescapable punishment for sin is, death, or eternal separation from the one true and loving God (Roman 6:23). Paul used several different word pictures to describe the human dilemma: without Jesus Christ we are lost, held in slavery, groping in darkness and living without hope! Our culture continually attempts to redefine sin, to water down the problem with euphemisms and excuse, to shift the blame to others, but the sinful heart of each individual is a totally a personal issue.
Happily, in sharp contrast to the terrible news of the darkness and hopelessness of our condition is the great good news of peace and joy and restoration (see Luke 2:10). We have these in the person of Jesus, who came to set us free from the bondage and penalty of our sin by dying on the cross in our place. Infinitely more than a teacher, counselor, revolutionary leader, healer, friend or brother, Jesus- GOD IN HUMAN FLESH (John 1:14), Immanuel – GOD IS WITH US (Mathew1:23) is the Savior of the world. If we only accept his sacrifice, he will gladly and graciously forgive our sins, liberate us from Satan’s kingdom of darkness and usher us into his glorious kingdom of light (1 Peter 2:9).
Make yourself “THE REASON” for this “Christmas season” let Jesus be the reason for all that you do, the remainder of the year. (Originally published 2013)