Wednesday, First Week of Advent
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-- John 3:16
I love everything about Christmas, the snow, the spirit of it, the presents (both giving and receiving), even the cold; I love all of it – except for the music. I know that sounds weird, but I listen to a lot of classic rock stations; and I’m always annoyed at Christmas time because they switch from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to Michael Buble and endless variations of Jingle Bells. People always yell at me, “it’s Christmas!” they say “how can you have Christmas without Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls?”
In America, we tend to associate holidays with things and social actions. Thanksgiving is about Turkey and eating, Easter is about eggs and bunny rabbits, Valentines day is about heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy Christmas music, I think all of us have things that we recognize as indicators of Christmas. It might be the snow, it might be the tree, it might be the decorations on the tree, it might be gifts, it might be nativity scenes and church services filled with candles. These are all great, and we should feel blessed to have such rich and joy-filled Christmas celebrations – but sometimes it’s easy to forget exactly what we’re celebrating. It’s easy to forget where all of these good things came from.
They came from a manger on a cold winter night, where a baby was born into this world to save us from our imperfection. There's a reason why John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible. In one sentence it sums up the reason why Christians are Christians. He died to save us from our Sin. It is so simple, yet it is the greatest act of love that has ever been.
This Christmas, I'm not asking you to give up treasured family traditions or listen to Freebird instead of Deck the Halls. I'm simply asking you to love Christmas not for all of the good things that come with the Christmas season, but that you love Christmas and enjoy its fruits because its a celebration of where all of those good things came from.
-- Hunter Dansin ‘16