What Christmas Is Really About

More and more people today fail to understand the meaning of Christmas. It isn’t about presents, cards, carols, warm family gatherings, or lots of good food. Christmas is about the Incarnation, when God became Man. Angelic messengers conveyed the world-changing message to lowly shepherds huddled in a field watching their flocks by night:

Behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them….Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Lk. 2:9–11).

It doesn’t matter that we likely do not celebrate the Incarnation on the precise day Jesus physically came to Earth or that December 25 was probably a pagan holiday. The important thing is that there is a day each year that we dedicate to the reality that God came to Earth and that humanity’s greatest need was about to be met, as the Lord promised in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Christmas is about the arrival of “a Savior who is Christ the Lord” (v. 11). And that’s definitely worth celebrating. Merry Christmas!

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