What does Christmas mean to you?
Merry Christmas! How many times a season do you say it? What does it mean to you?
Here is what it means to me
If people today would just look at the birth of a baby who was born to die. The contradictions should be more that the world can take. If Christianity could just be seen for what it is–a paradox and a mystery. The beginning in that dirty stable is one of the greatest mysteries: the plainness and the greatness of Jesus, the grime and the glory, wise men with gold in their hands and shepherds with sheep dung on their shoes, a smelly stable below and a shining star above, the birth of a gentle Lamb who was the fiercest Lion.
But the world doesn’t seem to struggle with these contradictions. They join in our season of celebration unruffled and oftentimes more joyful than we.
If Christmas means anything to you, then it must mean everything. It is a beginning and an end. It is a time of darkness and inexpressible light. It is a time of finally seeing all of God’s promises come true in one person. It is a time of tension as well as we look ahead in the life of this dear little one with a kind of historical omnipresence because we know how it will end, on earth anyway.
Celebrate, you say? Yes, most heartily, amidst the dung of the stable, which is the refuse of the world. Celebrate at the foot of the ghastly cross because it is the hope of the world. Gather around a cattle trough and celebrate a baby born in poverty and rejected because He is the Savior of the world!
Excerpt from Immanuel Reflections on the Life of Christ by Michael Card
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