What Christmas Means to me
To some Christmas is just toys and tinsel, wreathes and holly, trees and ornaments and myriad shopping expeditions for that right gift. To the Child of God it is so much more. Here is what Christmas means to me:
It means the yeildedness of a mother. A young virgin heard the angel of God declare, "thou shalt conceive....and bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus" (Luke 1:31). In a moment of unquestioning surrender she declared, "be it unto me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38). Christmas means surrender to God's perfect will!
It means the obedience of a father. Confronted by the fact of Mary's pregnancy Joseph had thoughts of putting her away privately (Matt. 1:19). It wasn't his baby she was carrying. He was badly hurt but an angel confronted him with an overwhelming demand, "fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." In a moment of complete obedience the scripture says, "Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him." (Matt. 1:24) Christmas means complete obedience to God's perfect will!
It means the wisdom of seeking Christ as the wise men did. A star had appeared and following it's brilliance they found the Christ. The scripture declares they fell down and worshipped Him and presented unto Him gifts." (Matt. 2:11) Wise men still seek Him for He is the only way out of our dilemma. Christmas means the wisdom of making Christ the number one priority in our life. That's what Christmas means to me!
Rev. W. Scott Lockard
©2003 Pastor Lockard's Living on the Bright side Ministries