THOMAS: The True Meaning of Christmas

THOMAS: The True Meaning of Christmas

THOMAS: The True Meaning of Christmas

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

Millions have died in countless wars over the last 100 years. People continue to die today as the result of worldwide terrorism and daily shootings in too many American cities.

The prophecy delivered by the Christmas Child that there would be “wars and rumors of wars” until He comes again, seems more like current events than a far-off future.

One hears a lot of silliness from theological illiterates and institutions whose sole interest in Christmas appears to be profit. Consider the conspicuous consumption associated with “Black Friday,” a day that began for some businesses days earlier.

People speak of “the spirit of Christmas,” or when observing some special act with which they approve or seek to inspire, refer to “the true meaning of Christmas.” They are never asked what they mean by either.

The true meaning of Christmas is this: God took on the form of a human to die in our place, paying for our sins, so that humans who receive Him might be forgiven and be with Him forever.

You are free to reject that message and the One who delivered it, but what you are not free to do is to redefine or change the message into something that fits your own beliefs and choices.

In “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (part of his classic “The Chronicles of Narnia” series), C.S. Lewis writes of a frozen land ruled by a “White Witch,” devoid of hope. In that world, it is “always winter, but never Christmas.”

It is a metaphor for a world that has rejected God and His redemptive power. It is a world where humans choose to live as they please, rather than be transformed, even renewed. It is this world in which we now live, full of mendacity, envy, greed, lust, anger, terrorism, war, political divisions and confusion. We have forgotten who we are, because we have forgotten Whose we are.

 

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