Merry Christmas!

Christmastime seems more hectic every year.

People jogging through the stores to find that perfect last-minute gift, parties, carolers, school concerts, band concerts, Church plays, cookie swaps, craft fairs, visits to relatives, mailing cards, gift wrapping, meal making, gingerbread baking, weight gaining– no wonder it takes every week in November and December to contain the activities. As fun as these things are, though, they often are very good at distracting us from the real reason we have this holiday in the first place.

All those fuzzy lovey-dovey Christmas movies have it wrong. Christmas is not just about giving. It’s not just about family. It’s not just about friends. It’s not just about a cute little nativity scene displayed on your mantle.

It’s about so much more.

It’s about God seeing a sea of sinful humanity destined for eternal punishment and deciding to do something radical. It’s about God Himself taking on flesh, becoming one of us, living a sinless life among His creation, and dying a violent death on the cross to take our punishment in full. It’s about restitution, it’s about peace between God and man, it’s about an undeserved, unconditional love that moved Heaven and Earth so that we could be with our Savior God forever.

This Christmas, I’m going to put the distractions aside and take time to remember the sacrifice that God made on my behalf. What about you?

“It’s not just about the manger
Where the baby lay.
It’s not all about the angels
Who sang for him that day.

It’s not just about the shepherds,
Or the bright and shining star.
It’s not all about the wise men
Who traveled from afar.

It’s about the cross.
It’s about my sin.
It’s about how Jesus came to be born once
So that we could be born again.

It’s about the stone
That was rolled away
So that you and I could have real life someday.

It’s not just about the presents
Underneath the tree.
It’s not all about the feeling
That the season brings to me.

It’s not just about coming home
To be with those you love.
It’s not all about the beauty
In the snow I’m dreaming of.

The beginning of the story is wonderful and great,
But it’s the ending that can save you and that’s why we celebrate.

It’s about the cross.
It’s about my sin.
It’s about how Jesus came to be born once
So that we could be born again.

It’s about God’s love
Nailed to a tree.
It’s about every drop of blood that flowed from Him when it should have been me.

It’s about the stone
That was rolled away
So that you and I could have real life someday.

It’s about the cross.”

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