The name of this post may seem a little obvious. But sometimes I think we can get so caught up in additional details of something and forget its ultimate purpose or central focus. In my own experience, this can especially be the case when it comes to the time near the end of each year when many of us celebrate the astounding incarnation of our Lord Jesus.
Tree beautifully decorated and lit, gifts wrapped in a variety of bright colours and patterns, tinsel lines the walls, festive music from the stereo fills the house – and where there’s a little spare space at the back of the lounge a nativity scene silently sits. Ironic.
As the number of sleeps draws nearer, our anxiety levels seem to rise and rise. In the forefront of our mind is still that list of tasks to be done, people to contact, last-minute presents to be decided and brought. Suddenly the day arrives. And people come. People go. The meal is cooked and served. More people come. They go. Somewhere in there we rush off to the Christmas service where we sing those good old carols and hear a short message on peace. Maybe this is just me? Or maybe not?
It’s not that any of those other things are wrong. They’re not…. necessarily. But if those man-made traditions (that’s all they are) become the central focus of what we do around Christmas then I think there’s something a little out of kilter.
Back To Jesus
Jesus Christ should be the centre of everything that we do, at all times: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 – ESV). And each Christmas time we have opportunity to focus more specifically on His miraculous birth to a virgin; the humble entrance of the King of glory into this sinful world; the beginning of the outworking of the rescue mission of all time. Shouldn’t our time and energy at Christmas be focussed on Him? On remembering His first coming, reminding one another of His second coming, and re-orientating our lives around Him who came to save us from our sins! Is this something you can put more effort into this year?
May I urge us this year to simply come back the very One who Christmas is named after and ultimately all about. Could it really be Christ this Christmas?
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord
So what are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below….