MERRY CHRISTMAS! I genuinely hope that this day is filled with joy and hope for you and your loved ones. I also hope that you were able to attend one of Central’s Christmas Eve services, where thousands came and we’re touched by the good news of Jesus Christ.
Our modern culture has given this time of year many different meanings and purposes – most of which are genuinely well and good: trees, lights, snowmen, Santa, and so on. And perhaps like yourself I too have enjoyed these aspects of the holiday season. But as we enjoy this Christmas, let’s remember that this day represents the beginning of the earthly life of the most influential person who ever lived. Good or bad, no one else comes close to the lasting and global impact that Jesus has had on this world.
But what did he do that made him so important? All the other world-changers we could talk about did something amazing to make them worthy of remembrance: they wrote a book, discovered gravity, built a nation. They did something that lasted beyond their time on earth. So far as we know Jesus never wrote any literary works. He did not contribute to the arts and sciences community. And when he died all who followed him scattered.
But his story doesn’t end their. Friends, this is why Jesus changed the world like no one else:
[Jesus Christ], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:6-11
That is why Christmas endures. So as you live out this Christmas day, and as you enjoy your time with friends and family, take time to remember our Savior, the hope of the world. MERRY CHRISTMAS!