Christ is the reason for Christmas

You will read an advertisement in this week’s Winston County Journal how Christmas has “no more spiritual significance than July Fourth or Labor Day.”  I invite readers to hear what I have to say on this matter.

Jesus was born in a lowly manger and died a horrific death because He loved us.  He loves each and every one.  He sacrificed His own life out of love.  Race, religion, status, class means nothing to Him.  We do not earn His love; it is just there, constant and unchanging.

Is it not amazing to know that the same God that created the universe loves and cares about even the smallest of His creation? “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Even all the hairs on your head are numbered.  So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10: 29-31)  He cares for you no matter where you are or how far you have gone.

I believe Christ should be a part of everyday life.  Birthdays, holidays, work, school, church the list could go on and on.  He wants to be involved in our lives.  If He did not want to be involved in our lives, then why did He come down to earth as a baby?

December 25 is the day that my family celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Other families may celebrate Christmas on another day, but the reason we celebrate remains the same.  I am not so naïve as to think that Christ was actually born on December 25, but I see nothing wrong with celebrating His birth on this date or any other day in December since we really do not know the exact date of His birth.

Christ does not instruct us to celebrate His birth, but have you ever asked someone to celebrate your birthday?  Friends and family gather to celebrate your birthday because they love you.  Is this not a Christ-like attribute that we should strive for on a daily basis?

We celebrate when newborn babies are born by showering the little child with gifts.  Is this not what the wise men did to baby Jesus?  The wise men brought gifts because they loved Jesus.  God did not instruct these wise men to bring Him gifts and neither does the expectant mother or the birthday girl or boy.

God does command us to love, and I do recall one of the more important commandments was to “love thy neighbor.” (Mark 12:31)  What better way to show your love than gifts and to remind others that our greatest gift of all was Jesus Christ.

Why not celebrate the birth of Christ?  Christmas is a perfect opportunity for Christians to show Christ’s love to others.  To say that Christmas is nothing more than July Fourth and Labor Day is absolutely absurd.  And to denounce the Catholic faith is even more absurd.

I can not fathom how someone could just pass off Christmas as just some dumpy holiday. It is so much more than that, if I haven’t made my point clear enough. Christmas gives me a chance to talk with my toddler about Jesus when he sees me bring out our nativity scene.  And it really warms my heart when he calls every baby he sees “Baby Jesus!”

Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.” (Luke 18:16)  Maybe we should all let the child in our hearts reflect the love of Jesus this Christmas and throughout our lives because that is really what it is all about.  “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life.”  John 3:16.  This is the real message of the season.  Be sure not to miss it.

Editor’s note: Hanna McCain is an advertising consultant with the Winston County Journal, Choctaw Plaindealer and Webster Progress Times.