There is wonderful variety displayed in the Christmas celebrations of our churches and families. Some are shaped by years of special traditions. Some are unique to our cultural backgrounds. But no matter what your Christmas celebration may involve, here is a powerful reminder from Pastor John MacArthur:
Christmas should be simple, not complex, very simple. Christmas should be stripped of all of its trappings so that all that is left is the simplicity of God becoming man.
That is the only element in the Christmas seasonal celebration that has in it any lasting power to effect life. There is no real strength, no real peace or comfort or hope or love or promise or confidence for the future to be found in Santa Claus. There’s no lasting value in any earthly gift or any earthly sentiment expressed. The tree always dies metaphorically unless it never lived because it was fake to begin with. No package and no party can really sustain a flickering life. No bright lights can lift up the downcast soul to a higher spiritual level….In the hour of need all Christmas has to offer is Jesus Christ. And He is utterly sufficient. Only He can fill the heart with hope in the time of doubt. Only He can fill the heart with lasting joy in the time of sadness. Only He can fill the heart with peace in a time of fear.
The very heart of our celebrations should herald and embrace these simple yet infinitely profound truths,
The angel said to Mary,“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
We would love to offer you a free tool to help children focus on the true meaning of Christmas: “Jesus the Savior is Born” (from our curriculum, Jesus, What a Savior). This free lesson (or family devotional) includes lesson material, visuals, Student Workbook, Optional Activities, and Growing in Faith Together page. You may print or make copies of these materials for use in your home, church, or school. Enjoy!
The free lesson can be downloaded as a PDF.