I recently read a compilation of children’s expression of what Christmas meant to them.
There were varied answers listed and although gifts were mentioned several times, Santa Claus’s name wasn’t. Perplexed by this, I wonder, ‘Can Christmas exist without Santa?’
The birth of Jesus Christ was mentioned time and time again but what about this season expresses society’s celebration of His coming? Some of the things that were stated: spending time with family/loved ones, giving, exchanging gifts, a time to not be alone, sharing, forgiving, etc. Is loving one another an expression of remembrance of Christ’s coming? If so, what does it mean to show Christian love? I understand that everyone isn’t a Christian but if we are to celebrate Christ’s birth how else are we to show that recognition but to embrace what His birth rendered into the Earth?
Isaiah 9:6-7 (King James Version)
6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
It seems that Jesus Christ’s birth was to bring peace with no end into the Earth and order established by judgment and justice. Jesus’s birth fulfilled several prophecies. In likeness of this, during this season of sharing and giving and receiving, what are we fulfilling as we honor His birth? Is there peace and an established order in the Earth? I think about…Now, that Jesus Christ has physically left the Earth, as we celebrate what His coming into the Earth meant, can we not live in love (at all times ? — He did while He was here).
I guess the question then becomes what does Christian (in Christ’s likeness) love look like? How do we give love as Christ did? How do we represent Christ, not only during this season but, while we are here on Earth?
1 John 3:18 (King James Version)
18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
1 John 4:7 (Amplified Bible)
7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].
Romans 13:10 (The Message)
8-10Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14Let all that you do be done (A)in love.
Christian love doesn’t need to be spoken or deserved, it ought to be something that is felt and understood by how one treats another. Christian love, any real love can be spoken but the power in such love is for it, even if unspoken, to be realized – at least I think so.
I hope that you all experience love not only through what is spoken but what is felt and understood from your/others’ hearts! Could Christmas exist without Santa Claus? I think so. Could Christmas exist without Christ? I think that it has and in those instances, I’m not certain if it has felt the same.
Happy Holidays to all of you and your families and loved ones. Let’s love with our hearts. We can spend time with family. We can eat & drink well. We can share laughter. We can have our children leave out milk & cookies for Santa. We can dance to Christmas carols and songs. We can give and receive gifts. We can remember Christ’s birth…but…
1 Corinthians 13: 2-3
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Let us enjoy this season and Christmas and fulfill that which we were born to do. Christmas should not exist without love.
Happy Holidays!!! Stay blessed, a blessing & encouraged!!!