What is Christmas to you? To many people, Christmas is a holiday season. It is a time to spend and catch up with family. To others, it marks another shopping season. To some of you who are of Christian persuasion,
Christmas is about the birth of baby Jesus – cute, cuddly, baby Jesus, held by Mary, watched by Joseph, and with the shepherds and/or the wise men around.Unfortunately, to many people, Jesus is no more than a cute little baby that was born to bring a level of warmth and kindness into this world. Like a picture of a kitten that pops up in our screen in the middle of our busy day at work. Nice, refreshing, but that’s it, you go on with your work again.
To some Christians, Christmas is about the coming of a saviour. This is much closer to reality because that’s who Jesus is. Even his name means ‘God saves.’ However, I want to invite you to see Jesus as more than just a Saviour. He actually came as a king…the King of kings. The word ‘Christ’ is a royal term. Jesus is the Messiah King whose arrival was prophesied many years earlier. He came not just to save us. He came to establish God’s Kingdom on earth. He saves us so that we can enter His Kingdom. We must never understand Christmas as less than this.
In 1739, Charles Wesley wrote the Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and the lyrics aptly describe what Christmas is about.
Hark the herald angels sing: “Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild. God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing: “Glory to the newborn King!”
Merry Christmas and may everyone bow down to this King of kings!