Perhaps you have heard people ask about the "real meaning" of Christmas. In all the business of the season, every once in a while, someone might wonder what Christmas is "really" all about and why it is celebrated. Perhaps this is due to the general confusion about religion that exists in our society.
Some years ago, I remember being quite shocked when the regional school system where we lived at the time changed the name of the annual "Easter" music program to "Spring Concert." As a matter of fact, everything having to do with "Easter" was replaced with some form of "Spring" or "Holiday" designation.
Then, a few years later, the same thing began to happen with Christmas programs as they were all changed to "Winter" concerts and events. Writing as someone who lived for 14 years just three hours from the Canadian border, I'm not sure why people "celebrate" winter -- five months of freezing and sub-freezing temperatures and roadways covered with salt that rots out automobiles. But, "to each his own," as they say.
Now in the present day, most of us have become accustomed to "holiday" events. Yet, I'm never quite sure what people are celebrating as they seek to keep the joy, giving and happiness of Christian celebrations, while at the same time taking Christ out of them!
A recent case in point is that of the first grade teacher in Sacramento, Cal., who was told she could not use the word, "Christmas" in her "holiday" parties or decorations. Well, since they don't get much snow in Sacramento, I wonder what kind of "holiday" decorations they put up. Perhaps a Palm tree with Christmas -- (oops!) -- "festive" lights?
The truth of the matter is, "holiday" celebrations are rather empty without Christ. The joy of Christmas has always been because God has kept His promise to provide a Redeemer - One Who would take away sin and conquer death.
The giving of the Christmas Season has always been because, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Take away God's gift of eternal life and the assurance of life beyond the grave, and what is there that is worth celebrating -- snow?
Let us remember that Christmas is not about Grinches, Cats-in-Hats, gifts or even tradition for tradition's sake.
Christmas is about Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:5-7 gives us Christ's own words about the "real meaning" of Christmas!
"Therefore, when He (Jesus) comes into the world (on the first "Christmas"), He says, 'Sacrifice and offering that hast not desired.
"'But a body Thou hast prepared for Me; In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, Behold, I have come to do Thy will, O God.'"
So don't be confused. Remember that the "real meaning" of this season is, "Christ the Savior is born!"