I can remember growing up and hearing a song that my dad sang in church once when I was a young child. In fact, I can remember hearing the chorus and taking it all in to view the true meaning of Christmas as a young man.
The chorus was simple, yet powerful when discussing Christmas day, and I would encourage each of you to take a moment this week and truly focus on what Christmas truly means. If you have children, share it with them, and let us all get back to the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas…let’s remember this Christmas to keep Christ in it and tell the story of a Savior that was born to save the world.
The verse of the song talks about being a child and Christmas meaning just one thing…getting presents. I feel this is the common thought that goes through the mind of children everywhere…you can see it in their eyes when they enter a room. For many of them, the first place they head is to the tree to count how many presents they have. The song continues with the writer mentioning their mother sitting them down and teaching them to spell C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. The Chorus of the song fits into the acronyms that I have been doing over the past few weeks, and goes like this:
“’C’ is for the Christ child, born upon this day; ‘H’ for herald angels in the night. ‘R’ means our Redeemer, ‘I’ means Israel. ‘S’ is for the star that shone so bright. ‘T’ is for three wise men, they who traveled far; ‘M’ is for the manger where He lay. ‘A’’s for all He stands for, ‘S’ means shepherds came and that’s why there’s a Christmas day.”
As we approach the Christmas season, let us look upon Christmas by remembering the real reason for why we celebrate the birth of the Savior. Another song that can help put it into perspective during this season is “Christmas is all in the Heart” by Steven Curtis Chapman.
Chapman touches on the subject of Christmas with sincerity and heartfelt reality that can hit home during the times we are in during the Christmas season. One set of the song’s lyrics sum it up this way:
“No, it’s not in the snow that may or may not fall, and it’s not in the gifts around the tree. It’s in the love heaven gave, the night our Savior came, and that same love can still be found wherever you are, ‘Cause Christmas is all in the heart.”
I would encourage each of you to look over every aspect of the season, focusing on the true meaning. You may not have the money to have a great Christmas (in the eyes of the world), but in the eyes of the Lord, you can have the best Christmas you have ever had when you realize the most amazing gift that you have ever received – Jesus Christ.
Is Jesus the focus of your Christmas season? Are you able to celebrate Christmas, even if only in your heart? Focus on the true meaning of Christmas this year and share it with your children and those around you. Take the time to read the Christmas story, but remember that Christmas doesn’t end with the manger; Christmas ends with the Cross of Calvary, where the joy of the Christmas season ends with the redemption of the world. Jesus came to the world to save the world, and it all started in a manger in Bethlehem.