Christmas to me is a time of sorrow and a time of rejoicing. I rejoice for I treasure Christ. He is my highest reward and my greatest love. Him becoming a man to save me from the punishment I deserve is an overwhelming thought that melts my heart. During the Christmas season I am thankfully reminded of this beautiful truth more frequently and it is truly good news of great joy.
However, it is also a time of sorrow, for during the Christmas season I watch a world that does not love Jesus, but instead loves the party. The world makes Christmas about coveting, gluttony, and the hollow traditions of man. Christmas for most of the people is more about man than about the Son of Man. As Jesus says in John 3:19, people love the darkness rather than the light.
This makes me wonder how God feels about this holiday and how the world celebrates it. Does he look forward to the mountains of gifts, the excessive drinking, the endless TV watching, and the one time a year that someone attends a church? Does God see Christmas more of an act of contempt than an act of worship?
In Isaiah 1:14 God says, “Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.” Likewise in Amos 5:21 God says again, “"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.”
During the Christmas season we may be more religious, but God does not delight in our religion. This is not why Jesus was sent to die on the cross, so that you could hang up some lights, eat prime rib and attend a midnight mass. He died so that you would be drawn to the overwhelming light of his love. A light that is brilliant beyond our comprehension.
The question we must ask ourselves this Christmas is how does God view my celebration of the birth of His Son? Does he delight in it, or despise it? Is how I celebrate Christmas a burden to him? The answer lies in our heart. Does your heart long for Christ, or does it long for Christmas? Do you love Jesus, or do you love the party?
If you find that you love Christmas more than Christ and are convicted of your contempt, then repent (turn) from the darkness and to the light of Jesus Christ. Let His light shine in your heart and overwhelm you this season with the warmth of His love.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. “ - John 1:5