Tis the Season

For Christian believers, Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who we believe to be the Son of God. The name Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ. It is currently celebrated by people of all faiths from all around the world no matter if they are Christian or not. True Christians believe that Jesus is the reason for the season. People of other faiths don’t mind tagging along participating in this Christian celebration, but the meaning to them has nothing to do with the birth of the Savior of mankind.

Yes, this is a joyous time of year that people celebrate with sights and sounds of joy, gift giving, family gatherings, and all sorts of yuletide spirit with flashing lights. Even if people do not recognize the birth of Christ as the reason for this season… a time of peace, joy, loving-kindness and freely giving to others is not a bad outcome. Perhaps the true Spirit is manifested in the hearts and minds of mankind, which in itself is rare but still a good thing to witness. It is as though angels come down for the season spreading joy dust on us for a while; only to return back to their heavenly abode once the party is over. Imagine if people really acknowledged the presence of heavenly creatures here on earth and gave God thanks for what He did for us with the birth of His Son who was and, IS, both the Son of God and the Son of man. I guess it makes Him smile to see so many of us having so much joy in our hearts, something that He would like to see in us at all times.

Christmas has become such an international commercial success for so many businesses and individuals from all around the world. Even some devout Christians lean towards the commercial festivities over giving the glory to God for giving us His Son for our redemption… The prophet Isaiah foretold his birth many years ago: Isaiah 9: 6-7

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

Perhaps exchanging gifts would be a good reason for the season if we were trying to imitate what God did for us, but I doubt if such thoughts cross the mind of most people. Without a specific reason for the season it becomes just another world holiday for people to commercialize, eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow we die and it is all over… forever! Do people realize that without salvation, once the body dies that is the end. Our flesh turns back to dirt. If there were no immortal soul death would be the end of it… for eternity! However for those who believe we have an immortal soul inside of us, there is at least the possibility of eternal life.

Unbeliever’s only alternative is the finality of death. Even knowing that everyone born on earth will eventually die, the only thing that separates death from eternal life is this Child that was born and was sacrificed in order that mankind could be given the gift of eternal life. But if you do not believe in salvation it is just death, ashes to ashes - dust to dust! Those two choices could not be more different. In fact they lead to opposite destinations.

With this in mind the reason for the season is that much more consequential: Death forever or eternal life with God? Emanuel, the Child who was born is the key between the two realities. This is not just another worldly holiday but an indelible mark in the history of mankind signifying time before He was born, B.C., and the time after He was crucified, A.D. Whether souls will rise and go to this place of eternal bliss with the Creator of the universe or they will be forever separated from the Creator in a place of eternal darkness and destruction… that is the question. One should also wonder if there are eternal consequences for the choice of disbelief in the Creator. Our choices do matter!

Logically speaking I would rather die believing in God than not because if there is only a slim chance of meeting Him in this other realm of existence my options would stand for Him. Otherwise there is only death and you are gone forever. Reasoning also beckons to wonder, “who cares if you are dead you won’t know it.” But what if after death there comes judgment of the soul and you refuted your Maker? Ah! Something to think about.

It’s not my place to tell people how to think or act or believe, but from one human being to another, I would rather give the thought serious consideration because eternity is an awful long time to regret the decision you must ultimately make. One thing is absolutely certain... everyone is going to die! We are just not too sure what happens afterwards.

Tis the season and Jesus is the reason to celebrate the Mass of Christ, the day we call Christmas. It should be celebrated with the highest of glory and reverence because it was intended to remind us of God’s gift to mankind. To us a child was born and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Even though through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made. In Him was the very life and the light of mankind. We celebrate this day to remember the most precious gift that God gave to mankind. This is the reason for the season…Selah!