As we look around us for the past few weeks, we see decorations, hear festive music, and feel a general spirit of hope and goodwill from people. I don’t believe that this is limited to Christians. With the exception of very few, everybody loves Christmas! But why? Sure some people love the gifts they get, others may enjoy being around family and community in a way that they usually don’t. But I believe that Christmas is so attractive because of the reunion it brings.
Even for those who are not in Christ, the joy of giving is pronounced during this Christmas season. And I believe that joy comes from the image of God that is in our DNA. Man, by nature, has an emptiness that is only to be filled by a relationship with God. For some, giving to another is the only small taste of God’s grace they ever experience. It is a small byproduct of so much more that is ours in Christ. God, long ago, gave the most precious gift ever given – His Son. And in doing so, He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. (Romans 5:1-4) We give for the same reason – because we love, we give.
Tomorrow morning, I will watch with delight as my children open their gifts from me..and so will you. Whether we understand that this delight comes from our inherited image or not, we all love Christmas. Even better, the Reason for Christmas loves us back!
Merry Christmas from the Savages!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – John 3:16, 17