I know a person who always uses the slogan “Jesus is the reason for the season” this time of year. I appreciate the sentiment, trying to draw attention back to the reason we celebrate Christmas and to get it away from all the sentimentality of “twas the night before Christmas,” etc., etc. Now that we’ve gotten past “Black Thursday” and “Black Friday,” and are preparing to enter “Black December,” with its incessant advertising and programming to get us into “the holiday spirit,” perhaps it’s time to look at the slogan again.
By the way, if Christmas is such a wonderful time, why is everybody always so glad when it’s over? Forgive me if I sound like the Grinch, but I have no particular fondness for all that Christmas has become. I was really upset to see the first Christmas advertising two weeks before Thanksgiving. They used at least to wait for Thanksgiving to pass to start Christmas ads. I rejoice in the Virgin Birth, but really dislike all the barnacles that have attached themselves to “the good ship Grace” about this and other things over the centuries. (If you remember that phrase, then you’re giving away your age.)
Back to the slogan.
“Jesus is the reason for the season.”
That just brings up another question. WHY is Jesus the reason, etc.? Why did He come to this earth in the first place?
Galatians 4:4 (NKJV) gives us the actual “reason for the season”: But when the fulness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who are under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Another verse takes us even deeper into the divine counsel, that in the dispensation of the fulness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him, Ephesians 1:10.
You see, there has been a disruption in creation. In the words of Romans 5:12, sin entered. It’s no use trying to figure out the whys and the wherefores; the fact is that it happened and we see the results around us, and in us, every day. The reason for the season is found in the mind of God. He would “answer the sin problem.” He would heal the disruption. The manger was just the first step in that answer, that healing.
Mary wrapped the Infant in “swaddling clothes,” that is, with strips of cloth. That’s how they took care of babies, and that’s how they prepared a body for burial. Even in His birth, there was a foreshadowing of His death.
However you observe Christmas, please remember that He wasn’t born so we could give each other gifts, put up all kinds of decorations, get together and have fun. These may be all well and good and have their place, but….
Jesus was born in order that He might live, and then that He might die….