What Christmas Really Means

There are many bloggers out there that could probably put this more eloquently, but here is my effort to conceptualize what Christmas really means.

Obviously even secular (nonreligious) sources point out the tendency for Christmas to become about presents and seemingly meaningless activities and events. Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas provides a welcome critique on how Christmas should not be about commercialism but about family and togetherness. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol also reminds us of our need to extend charity and love to our fellow men. Yet these wonderful stories fall short of the true meaning of Christmas.

If you’ve seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, you’ve heard Linus quote Luke 2:8-14.

Yet this is only the beginning of the Christmas story. The birth of Jesus is only the beginning of a story whose climax is here:

This is what Christmas is all about. Not about Jesus being born, but in the fact that He came as a baby to die for our sins. 

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

‭‭(John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ NASB)

Advertisements

Author: RSGullett

R. S. Gullett is a proud alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University and currently teaches United States history at a community college in Houston, Texas. As a historian, he loves to mingle the historical with the fantastical and places an emphasis on faith in all his writing. His faith in Jesus Christ is very important to him and this often becomes evident in his writing. He is not perfect, nor does he pretend to be; but hopes that sharing his faith might inspire others to give their hearts to Christ. He and his wife currently live in Houston, Texas.