While driving home from work one afternoon, I saw a billboard that said, “Don’t take the CHRIST out of CHRISTmas”, and I couldn’t agree more. The CHRISTmas season is to symbolize the birth of Jesus (although He wasn’t actually born in December). Nonetheless, this season has been reduced to a season of “Happy Holidays”, “Happy Xmas”, shopping for ourselves, and corporate America making huge profits from consumers who can’t seem to stop spending. Growing up, this wasn’t what Christmas was about. It was a season of GIVING to others even at the expense of Christmas gifts for ourselves. This was to help us remember how God gave of Himself through Christ to redeem us from our sins.
When we remove CHRIST from CHRISTmas and commercialize the season, we are reducing the significance of Christ’s birth, which further renders Christ’s death irrelevant. This also has great impact because it suggests then that the message of the Cross is no longer necessary, since it suggests that a Savior was not born for the redemption of our sins. If this is the case, then man can boast that he doesn’t need a Savior and is free to do what he wants.
This is a great deception because man NEEDS a Savior. Look around and see what is happening in the world and you would need no one to convince you of that. Because man NEEDS a Savior, the message of the cross is even more relevant today. “ For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness] (2 Corinthians 5:21, AMP).
So this season, don’t take the CHRIST out of CHRISTmas because Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV) tells us:
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this”