Christmas - the worship of Christ
Christmas really is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ but not for the reasons many think. Instead, this Holiday (Holy Day) first found wonder through the celebration of a real event, as worshippers gathered in church to enjoy a ‘Mass’ (or worship) commemorating the advent (coming) of Christ, as Immanuel - 'God with us'.
So how did we get here? How did this Holy Day turn into a day so secularized it is hard to reconcile what was intended with what has become? Well, good often is the enemy of the best - and at Christmas, a lot of good things, even great things, have a profound way of capturing our minds and our energies.
But, because I’m not writing to be a ‘Grinch’ this Christmas, but a pastor, I want to suggest 3 steps that can help you keep Christ in Christmas this year and beyond.
1. By remembering. Take time this Christmas to read the real story. The coming of Christ, the Nativity Story, is recorded for us in 2 gospels, Matthew and Luke, chapters 1-2.
2. By worshipping Christ with family and friends on Christmas Eve, Day, or both. Don’t forget you can join me and others at TheChurch@Junius Heights for one of 2 services, either 6:00 or 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
3. By giving to others. God gave the first Christmas gift - the gift of Christ - and none compares with this, however, a life of giving is our way of living out our thankfulness to God for all He has done for us. In both the Old and New Testaments giving to others was commended as a life honoring of God. Putting others first and by example teaching our families to do the same, creates a Christmas that remains far beyond the empty packages and trash we haul outside after indulging only ourselves.
Of course, we know that putting Christ in Christmas is first and foremost accomplished as we make Him our Savior, but - in a world filled with other messages during this season of the year - taking time to intentionally do these 3 will make a difference in our combatting other messages so prevalent today.
So, if in town this Sunday and on Christmas Eve, I hope to see you and your family as we gather to worship and share with the Junius Heights community our “live nativity” scene - doing what we can, what God has called us to, as we enjoy a...
Merry Christmas, indeed,