Have you noticed that around Christmas time everyone takes the name Christmas and puts it in front of everything? It’s not a vacation. It’s a Christmas vacation and Christmas break. If you go to a concert or a party around Christmas time, they are Christmas concerts and Christmas parties. You have Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, Christmas sales, Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas cookies. I’m sure the kids remember something about Christmas presents too. People put the name Christmas in front of all these things to show that they make up an important part of Christmas.
But Christmas is much more than an adjective that we use at a certain time of the year. The real purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the coming of our Savior Jesus into this world. We were born with sin in our hearts and we deserve to go to hell because of it. Throughout history believers waited for the one who would come to undo what sin did. You
think you have to wait a long time for Christmas to come every year? Believers who trusted in God’s promise to send a Savior waited for thousands of years.
But when Jesus was born, the world saw the greatest example of God’s love for the world. From the moment of his birth, he started living a holy life so that he could hand it to you. From the moment of his birth, he focused his eyes on the cross so that he could suffer for you. From the moment of his birth, mankind saw the proof that God’s promises are not empty and he gave us a sure hope in eternal life. That’s what’s so great about Christmas.
Once Christmas is over and the New Year hits, everything starts to go back to normal. We get to eat regular cookies and regular dinners. We listen to regular music and watch regular movies. But one thing that will always have the name Christmas in front of it is Christmas joy. You see, the Christmas joy that all Christians have is knowing that you will be in heaven someday because of that child who was born. And so we wait with Christmas joy on our hearts as we think about what he did in the past so that we could have a future.