I have a Christmas Cold. No, I’m not cold because it is cold outside, I have a cold. A terrible cold. My throat is sore and my nose is running. I imagine I am not very fun to be around right now. But I’ll get through it. Lots of hot tea, lots of juice, some chicken soup. I’ve had them all during the last few days. I’ll be fine by Christmas Day, but right now I don’t feel very joyous.
I usually am joyous at this time of year. Christmas is a time of joy for Christians. We celebrate the birth of Jesus our Saviour. We pause and remember His birth, His life and His sacrificial death on the cross to make atonement for our sins. The actual word for what Jesus did for us is “propitiation” but that doesn’t seem to show up in many modern translations of the Bible. But it is a great word. Look it up in a dictionary and see for yourself.
Our family celebrates Christmas. The real Christmas, the birth of Jesus. We buy presents for each other, we put up a Christmas tree, we have family dinners, we go to Christmas parties, but we make sure the true meaning of Christmas doesn’t get lost in all the activity. It’s Jesus’ birthday.
Merry Christmas. Let Jesus be the star who shines in your life.