Christmas time is a time of peace and unity. It’s the time of year we forgive and forget old transgressions and spend time with loved ones. Although we have our own traditions and beliefs, Christmas leaves us wondering what the true meaning of Christmas is…
For the record, it’s not Jesus’ birthday. The 25th of December is the day the Catholic church decided was the day we were all going to commemorate Jesus’ birth (He was actually born earlier in the year according to most scholars). Although we have many reasons for celebrating Christmas, it does always boil down to the birth of Christ; but why? Why was He born? Why did He come?
People say that Jesus came to save us from ourselves, to save us from damnation. John 3:16 says that God sent His only son that whosoever shall believe in Him will recieve eternal life. Which is awesome, but it goes on to say in John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Which, as Christians, we quite often forget as we go around bashing people with Bibles for their misdeeds. He came not to condemn but to bring life. Which leads a lot of people to conjecture that He came to bring peace to the world. Jesus Himself said this:
This seems counterintuitive to peace on earth, but what this statement means is that those who choose God will be rejected by those who reject God. This doesn’t mean that Christians should hate nonbelievers, it’s quite the contrary. Jesus says, to love your enemies and embrace those who hate you. Like the story of the “Good Samaritan”, we are called to show love to those who would reject us. Jesus didn’t come so that no one would be mean to you anymore, he teaches us to change people’s hearts by countering hate with love.
Christmas isn’t about arguing about who owns it or what it’s about. It’s about loving your enemy. Christmas is when Christians, Pagans, and Atheists alike can celebrate together in harmony not because they should but because those who have a heart of Christ are compelled to do so.
This Christmas remember to show love, as Christ shows us love.