These last couple of days I have been pondering and rolling around in my head, the little seasonal rhyme, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’. It fits well as a lapel pin, looks good across our Christmas cards. Even hangs proudly as an ornament on our trees. AND ‘screams’ as you scroll through the Facebook home page. I like it! The message is clear and points to Jesus!
Yet… I began to think of this in theological terms, the accuracy of it. I know… I KNOW you are rolling your eyes at this point. But bear with me. I am a people watcher, I watch how they walk, their mannerisms, their facial expressions (there is much entertainment in it… ‘nough said). The other day as I was Christmas shopping I watched their faces, looked into their eyes, wondering if THEY knew Jesus. Then it dawned on me ~ ‘THEY are the reason for the season’! I am the reason for the season.
The season is Christmas. Christmas is JESUS, His birth. Why Did Jesus come to earth? What was His reason? His motive? ‘I think I will go to earth and be born into humanity, just to mess with a few religious dudes, over turn a few tables, and show’m how walking on water is really cool’? NO! Jesus is LORD! “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, should not perish but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” (Jn. 3:16 emphasis mine) Jesus came to earth, living His life as a spokesman for the Father; He lived to die … for US! WE are the ‘whosoever’. WE are the reason for the season! YOU are the reason for the season! (Ok, group HUG!)
Today, Christmas, as you look into the eyes of those around you, friends, family, aunts and uncles, consider THEM! What a great opening line to the gospel, said with heart felt humility … “Did you know YOU are the reason for the season…” Explain Jesus briefly, then politely ask they pass the rolls.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
Blessed (extreme joy due to divine interaction with out stretched arms) Christmas to you and yours,
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)