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“The Empty Christmas,” by Pastor John E. Morris

 

 

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Over time, I have come to believe that most people today don’t really understand the meaning of Christmas. They never travel too far beyond the commercially hyped, colorful, festive, but artificial message cultivated by corporate retailers pushing their ‘reason for the season products’, which always includes the ‘new next best thing’ for Christmas.

In reality, Christmas IS about the “best thing”. It’s about one thing and one thing only, it’s about life. The life of Jesus, but not only as a baby in a manger. You see, it’s not just His birth, but His life, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension that offer US life. It’s about the gift of life that He offers everyone who will receive and believe on Him as their personal Savior, and “Living Word” of His Father, God Almighty.

Christmas is also about emptiness: a empty throne, a empty manger, a empty cross, and a empty tomb, all of which were designed to fill our empty hearts. It’s a round trip journey. When Jesus traveled from Heaven to earth, He used a round trip ticket with various stops along the way. He left the throne for the manger, the manger for the cross, the cross for the tomb, and the tomb for the throne. In the beautiful character of God, Jesus left blessings and power behind at every stop. He emptied Himself so WE might be filled. To me, this is the true meaning of Christmas.

This means that Jesus Christ came into the world with the cross in mind. Since God cannot die, the Second Person of the Trinity entered into the human race through the virgin womb of Mary, taking on flesh and becoming a man. He did this to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was born to die, and He died to rise again. Because of His death, we can live forgiven; and because of His resurrection, we can live forever. That’s why an empty Christmas is so fulfilling.

You see, Christmas is not just about the love of God through the birth of a “Baby”, but about the Gracious Love of God through the birth of a “Savior”. If you don’t have an intimate relationship with Jesus as your Savior, Lord, and Master, I encourage you to get one. It will be the best Christmas gift you will ever receive, and never forget, it comes with a Lifetime Warranty!

God bless and Merry Christmas