Christmas Bible study: Keep the Reality of Christmas.
A Christmas Bible study confession
This Christmas Dan, a friend of mine, organized a Christmas caroling ministry outreach through our church. He had put together 250 gospel tracts to give out in front of one of the stores in town.
As we stood there in the balmy northeastern Ohio weather (Hey! It actually made it over the freezing mark!) I couldn't help but wonder what people thought as they passed by.
I could just here them saying, "What a bunch of nuts! It's too cold for this! Why don't they go home and get warm?"
The thought made me slightly self-conscious, but my hesitancy wore off as quickly as the thought came to me. I belted out "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with all I had.
But the passing of my first thought did lead naturally to a second thought...
What are people really thinking?
I mean, did they really know why we were shivering out in the cold singing songs that many deem "offensive?"
Why would anyone do this?
What would anyone have to gain?
Do they really know the reality of Christmas?
I believe we sometimes lose our focus when the holiday season comes around. Sure, we remember to thank God for all we have when Thanksgiving comes around. But then it seems the next week we put our spiritual "minds" in neutral as we put the car in drive to go to the local Wal-Mart to go Christmas shopping.
This shouldn't be!
What a better time to share the greatest gift ever given than during our Saviour's Birthday. Yet it seems such ideas get lost somewhere down aisle 25 between the tinsel and the Christmas tree stands.
My family always celebrated the Birth of our Saviour by reading the Christmas story on Christmas Eve. That's a wonderful idea, and it should be done.
But unfortunately, it's a whole lot a little too late!
Maybe if we began reading the Christmas story, say, right after New Years, and then read it one time every week until Christmas (or more!) we might have a better focus on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place!
How many hours of shopping, eating, playing and TV watching do we do during the holidays? A lot of prep work goes into the Christmas gifts, the Christmas dinner and the Christmas tree.
Yet, I wonder, how much preparation do we give our souls when celebrating the Birth of Christ on Christmas Day?
Don't get me wrong. I think the idea of retelling the Christmas story and other Christmas traditions are a great idea. But let's not lose our focus on why we do these things.
I confess, when I throw my body into the tumultuous sea of shoppers at the mall so I can find the "perfect gift" for someone, I always wonder, "Why am I doing this to myself?" But then I remember the pain and suffering our Saviour went through on this Earth to bring me the greatest gift of all, my salvation. Then I remember the Reason for the season.
I confess, I've never been thrilled with decorating the tree for Christmas. I just don't have the patience for it. But then, as I'm grudgingly sticking the angel on top that just refuses to stay there, I realize that it was upon a tree that my Saviour died for me. Then I remember the Reason for the season.
We need to keep our focus on Christ, not just on December 24 and 25, but all year round.
He has given us life (John 1:3.)
He holds the universe together (Colossians 1:17.)
He came to die (Matthew 20:28.)
And by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)
This Christmas give someone the real gift that keeps on giving...introduce someone to the Saviour! He is the real Reason for the season.
Jesus is the only Reality of Christmas.
It even makes standing in the cold singing Christmas carols bearable. (;
Hope you enjoyed this Christmas Bible study.
God bless you this holiday season.