Vacation! Yes my vacation starts today. 11 days of rest! OK, actually 11 days of hanging crown molding in the living room and working on my motorcycle, but to me that pretty much is rest. At least it has nothing to do with computers. So now that I’m enjoying my first day off, it actually feels a bit like Christmas.
And what an amazing time Christmas really is. It’s the one time in all of history when God actually steps foot on the Earth in human form and provides a way that we can be forgiven for our sins. This is so significant and I’m amazed that people don’t get it. We can be forgiven! What other world view or religion offers complete reconciliation with God? None that I know of. In most religions you just kind of have to be as good as you can and then hope when everything is tallied up you come out with enough brownie points. The bad part is you don’t know how many points you have, how many you need, or how much longer you have to earn them.
But in Jesus we have the God of the universe coming to Earth as a human, to live among us, to teach us, heal us, love us, experience life with us first hand, and ultimately to endure the horrible death of crucifixion in order to completely wipe our dirty slates clean. Give us unlimited points! Matthew 21 says “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
And so this is an incredible time of celebration. And what’s just as important is that it’s a time for ALL of us to celebrate. Christmas is not something that belongs to an organization, or a belief system, or a cultural group. Jesus came for ALL of mankind and that is something we so often forget. We’re so wrapped up in the traditions and that slogans and we spend so much time being offended by people saying Happy Kwanzaa that we forget the fact that Jesus came for all of us. He came for the Kwanzaa celebrators, the Jews, the Muslims, the Hindus, the Sikhs, the plain old non-believer, and everyone else. Romans 3 says “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too”.
So I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this fantastic event we’re celebrating and to wish every single person out there a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!