Ebenezer Scrooge, the old miser, regarded Christmas as humbug! You might be inclined to agree when you listen to the “I want”, the aggressive marketing, the whirr and beeps of the cash dispensers and the tills! It seems a far cry from the poverty of manger, the humility and selflessness of the One whose birth is being remembered.
Contributing to the seasonal atmosphere is the music and the songs. But sadly, so much of that too is irrelevant to the true meaning of Christmas – Rudolph is fantasy; Good King Wenceslas is fiction. But it’s not all fiction!
Some Christmas carols do deal with hard facts. In Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the author Charles Wesley conveys facts that we should know about the saviour, drawn from the Holy Bible.
Veiled in flesh the godhead see! Hail, the incarnate deity!
This affirms that the baby, Jesus who was born at Bethlehem was God revealed in sinless human form. He is an eternal, uncreated Being, and yet He chose to become the
Offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Why did the great Creator come into this world?
Why did He endure the indignity of being laid in an animal trough? Why did He spend years of backbreaking toil as a rural carpenter? Why did He endure privations as a travelling preacher? Why did He submit ultimately to the torture of crucifixion? The Bible supplies the answer; “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1Timothy 1.15).
God and sinners reconciled, says the carol.
By nature we are all estranged from God. Personal sin has cut us off from Him. Without His intervention, that situation would have become permanent and eternal, for in the Bible God warns of everlasting punishment, eternal separation from Himself. However, His great plan of salvation was put into effect when His Son entered this world at Bethlehem, the first step on the road to His death on the cross for our sins. What amazing love!
To benefit from His sacrifice you must respond to Him by faith. To quote the carol again, He was
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
“Ye must be born again”, said Jesus Himself (John 3.7). He stressed the need for a new start, the necessity of becoming a member of God’s family. If you repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus you will be born again, or to use other Bible terms, saved, forgiven, reconciled to God.
In the middle of all the rush and excitement of the festive Season, take time out to think about your personal relationship with God. Reflect upon the Baby of Bethlehem who became the Christ of the Cross, and who is now the risen exalted Lord. Call on Him for salvation, for “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10.13)