WEDNESDAY, December 5
The Simple Message of Christmas
Simple times. The good ole days. Recently, against the ever-changing political landscape of our culture, I have listen to many individuals who remember back to simpler times when Judeo-Christian values were not so easily dismissed for the complexities of moral relevance and political correctness. Simple. What a refreshing thought: a simpler time when God’s Word was recognized as absolute truth, with nor arguments attached.
However, for many, the embrace of Biblical truth seems anything but simple. I often hear many people speak of the Bible as too confusing to read. I would agree that the Bible offers truths that are deep and at times difficult to understand. But, then again, the Bible is God’s inspired word, so why would it not be deep, meaningful, and challenging?
That being said, there are many truths from the Holy Scriptures that are very simple to embrace (I reference simplicity here as an expression of clarity and not shallowness). One such truth, the most fundamental of them all, states that God is love. Another Biblical truth states that God sent His son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Also, the Bible describes God as light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
So, with reference made to such simple and clear truths, let’s get the following straight in our minds and hearts. God sent Jesus into the world. The world needed saving, and that is exactly what Jesus came to accomplish. Also, God is light, meaning that there is only goodness and life in God, and no darkness at all. So, if God is good, and God sent His Son into the world to save the world, then the simple conclusion is that Christmas time represents God’s love perfectly expressed in Jesus. I have not met anyone who would argue this from the simple definition of Christmas. It’s as if the whole world on one day of the year agrees with one truth: God sent Jesus to the earth to display His love. On one day out of the year, this stands as a truth few would argue. But, the remaining 364 days seems to be a free-for-all with the truth, as if anything goes concerning one’s belief in God. Yet, the simple truth remains for the other days just as significant as it does for Christmas Day: God sent Jesus into the world so that we could know His love and forgiveness, and so that we could personally know Him.
So, this year, make Christmas as simple as possible. Amid the gifts, the family visitors, and the peppermint mocha at your favorite coffee shop, make Christmas what it was meant to be in the simplest of terms: a reminder that God sent Jesus to show us His love. It’s just that simple.
Read: 1 John 4:7-10; John 3:16-17; 1 John 1:5-7