Let Us Worship

I realize that the miracle and the majesty of “Christmas” has been drug through the gutter. The true essence of this season is overshadowed by “sales”, and “shopping”.  Others have replaced the very word with something more politically correct, such as “Happy Holidays,” “Merry Xmas,” or even “Happy Winter Solstice.”

Even though Christmas that is filled with hype and endless activity leading to exhaustion, the version that gives little to any thought of Christ.  I still believe in Christmas.  I believe in the real message of Christmas, which is the birth of our Lord.

Maybe you are bracing yourself for a tough Christmas. Maybe you think Christmas won’t be as good this year as it was before.

But what if this Christmas were better than any Christmas you have ever experienced.  It can be, simply by freeing yourself from the pressure of the holiday expectations.  Expectations that are set by our culture and not by the miracle that occurred 2,000 years ago.  That could be a really good Christmas. It could actually be the most wonderful Christmas of your life.

If you emphasize the primary message of Christma, which is: God is with us. Isaiah 7:14 tells us, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Immanuel means, “God is with us.”

So the message of the season is not, “Let it snow” or even, “Let us shop.” The real message of Christmas is, “Let us worship.” That is what the wise men came to do. And that is what we should be doing as well.

Pastor David Johnston