So This Is Christmas

“So this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over. And a new one just begun.” So are John Lennon’s words from 1971, in gentle protest to the Vietnam War.

But let’s forget about the protesting. This is Christmas time. What have you done? Another year has passed like a steady locomotive, and a new one is about to begin. It’s a good question, though. What have you done?

“And so this is Christmas. I hope you have fun. The near and the dear ones. The old and the young.

And so this is Christmas, for weak and for strong, for rich and the poor ones, the world is so wrong

And so happy Christmas, for black and for white, for yellow and red ones, let’s stop all the fight

A very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.”

Great lyrics.

John Lennon penned “‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’  as a means of elaborating upon the themes of social unity and peaceful change enacted through personal accountability and empowerment…trying to convey optimism while avoiding the sentimentality that he felt often characterised music of the holiday season.

This is one reason why I love Christmas. Not by any stretch the main reason, but one of the reasons. People across the world – no matter the color or ethnicity – whatever the case may be, come together to enjoy each other for at least a few days every year. In a world that is “so wrong” with people fighting each other everywhere, including in evangelicalism, the world seems so right during these few weeks in December, and much of the fighting stops during Christmastime. Of course, everyone knows (whether or not they want to acknowledge it) that the real reason that all of this is possible is the grace of God. If it were not for the birth of Jesus Christ, we would have no Christmastime every December.

So, what have you done?

Did your 2016 New Year’s resolution list include reading your Bible every day without fail, but you failed to read your Bible every day? Did you resolve to give more to your church or another charity, but you didn’t give more? Maybe you didn’t give as much as usual because of legitimate financial strains, and now you feel guilty about not being able to give. Well, it’s a good thing God never said much about Bible reading schedules, nor did He say how much to give to your church.

What else have you done?

I would like to suggest that, whatever the case may be this Christmas season, take a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, a few weeks to focus not on what you haven’t done, but rather on what He has already done for sinners.

So this is Christmas, and it should remind us all that Jesus Christ did everything perfectly so that sinners don’t have to.

 

 

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