Recently I posted about the “real” story of that first Christmas. How different it was from the beautiful Christmas cards we see where everything is so neat and tidy and there are beams of light coming from Jesus and sometimes even from Mary and Joseph.
Today I wonder if we truly understand the “complete” story of Christmas.
What is the complete story of Christmas? Is it more than angels appearing to shepherds? Is it more than wise men from the East bringing gifts?
We read in Philippians of the complete story of Christmas – what it is really all about.
“Jesus has always been as God is. But He did not hold to His rights as God. He put aside everything that belonged to Him and made Himself the same as a servant who is owned by someone. He became human by being born as a man. After He became a man, He gave up His important place and obeyed by dying on a cross. Because of this, God lifted Jesus high above everything else. He gave Him a name that is greater than any other name. So when the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow down before Him. And every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will give honor to God the Father.”
The complete Christmas story is summed up in John 3:16:
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”
The complete story of Christmas is about you. It’s about how much God loves you.
Right from the beginning God’s love has reached, and from the beginning man has refused to understand. But God keeps on reaching. Today, after two thousand years, patiently, lovingly, Christ is reaching out to us. Right through the chaos of our world, through the confusion of our minds. He is reaching…longing to share with us…the very being of God.
It’s my prayer this Christmas that you see beyond the baby in the manager to the savior on the cross and the empty tomb.