Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas, In the Year of our Lord 2013

Christmas 2013 is surrounded by controversy in America.  The nation seems to be going out of its way to ignore or decry the very reason for the celebration.  Public schools are changing the words to long sung Christmas songs, one school even went so far as to try to ban the colors red and green fearing that even the traditional colors would be reminiscent of the reason we celebrate.  Nativities scenes are being turned into displays of public mockery.  In Florida, in response to the beautiful nativity in the state rotunda, one group requested and received approval for a "Festivus Pole", a 6-foot pole made out of beer cans.  All of this controversy in America is an attempt to minimize Christmas to just another American federal holiday with no more or no less significance than any other federal holiday.

However, it is not.  You cannot even say the date, Christmas 2013, without pointing to the reason we celebrate, not just in America, but also worldwide.  Historical records indicate that this celebration has been going on since the first century, was originally know as Three Kings Day, and celebrated in early January.  It has since become known as Christmas, as Cristes-messe. It means "the Mass of Christ."  

The birth of Christ.  Everything since then has been measured by the birth of that one baby boy.  A baby born to two unknown parents, under controversial and unpleasant circumstances.  

Yet this was not just one baby boy.  This child was God himself, come down from heaven, in the form of man to testify to His very own existence.  In John 18:37 when challenged by Caesar as to who he was and why he was here Jesus replied, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." 

The truth is, Jesus is God and that statement, from the time of His birth until this day, is controversial.  But even that controversy draws people to him.

Merry Christmas