Introduction: The variations in preparations for a time like these. It is a sincere fact to have all of us getting busy and entangled with situations and conditions surrounding this season. What is the real meaning of this season? Why Missions, the same reasons that we are looking at Christmas.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2 NIV)
Why do we need Christmas? Have you ever thought about that question? Probably not! If the truth be known, you, like me, are just so busy “doing” Christmas, and enjoying it too, that you haven’t stopped to consider the reason for the celebration.
Now, I am not talking about the “reason for the season.” You have no doubt seen and heard that. People have been wearing pins with that on it for two weeks and you know that it is to celebrate the birth of a Savior, but why did He need to be born?
Here’s why (and, please, don’t miss this point this Christmas season): We need Christmas because without it we are going to Hell! Now you’re thinking, “What does Hell have to do with Christmas?”.
Without Christmas, without the baby in a manger, the virgin birth, the shepherds in the field at night, the presents wrapped, the bills to be paid, the parties to attend, the expanded waistline…. Okay… you get the idea… without all the neat things that make Christmas what Christmas is, we would be eternally lost. See, all of us are lost, without hope, because we all have sin in our life. We are born into sin and can do nothing to rid ourselves of the sin habit.
God is Holy, as you know, and so He cannot tolerate any sin. None! He will not hear us through our sin, and so, if we remain in our sin, we remain forever separated from God.
But then there is Christmas, Praise God! Jesus did come on that dark night some 2000 years ago! He came so that through Him we can be saved, completely forgiven of our sins, and enter the presence of a Holy God!
There is a Christmas! We need Christmas! Thank God for Christmas today!