Finding Faith: What if there was no Christmas?
King Herod tried to stop the plan of God and he did a horrendous sinister act which he is paying for today! Herod lost! He could not thwart the plan of God. The Devil could not thwart the plan of God. Circumstances could not thwart the plan of God. The reality is — Gods plan for mankind would not be stopped!
Have you ever wondered what you would be missing from your life if there was no Christmas?
Some might first have thought no days off from work, no Christmas dinner, no holiday to spend with family, no chance to listen to Christmas music, and no chance to play practical jokes on others with wacky presents.
After some quiet reflection on this thought it is quickly discovered we would be missing so much more. It would be discovered that we would be missing just about everything good that you enjoy and benefit from in life.
What if there was no Christmas what would we be missing in life?
The biggest truth would be NO CHRISTMAS — NO CHRISTIANITY. Have you ever wondered what you would be missing from your life if there was no Christmas — no Christ — no Christianity? The reflection on this thought is scary. Let’s ponder the what if… say the antichrist powers would have defeated Christ at birth and therefore eliminated Christianity? What would have been lost?
— There would be no Christmas joy, no Merry Christmas, no joy to the world, no hark the herald angels singing, no silent night, no gift giving, no colorful lights, no candy canes, no God with us, no reason for the season, no holiday spirit of giving, no Good News, no faith, no prayer, no bridge to Heaven, no supernatural healings, no grace, no mercy, no forgiveness, no purpose for our lives, no eternal life, no life transformations, no light at the end of the tunnel, no revivals, no church, no Christians, no Spirit filled life, no New Testament and the Bible as we know it, no revelation of Jesus, no Christian organizations, no worship music, no deliverance, no testimonies to His resurrection power, no miracles, no defeating of death, no Savior, no miracle story, no salvation, no forgiveness of sin, no hope.
If hope dies a person will give up and do drastic things. If hope dies so does the spirit within a person. Without hope is a scary thought to ponder. But the truth is without Christmas we have no hope as individuals!
In Romans 8:28 the apostle Paul tells us how important hope is: “28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
But, there is Christmas and therefore we have the benefit and the blessing that comes from it and all the items above belong to us if we choose to receive the gift of Christmas. Real Christmas is “Christ in us!” That’s the gift, that’s the Christmas Spirit we all need to have living in us… to give Him space in our hearts.
Because of Jesus Christ we have Christmas! Yes, because of Christ’s willingness to come and His willingness to be born in a stable. Yes, because He was willing to die on the cross for us we have not only all the stuff mentioned above but even much more. The truth is because of Christmas we really do get an endless array of heavenly gifts. Jesus did come and He gave us the greatest gift of all… “His very own life!”
If there had never been a Christmas, the world would be far different than it is today in ways you may never have imagined. For instance, when Jesus came, He taught His followers to love their neighbors as themselves (Luke 10:27). To live out this idea, His followers invented the idea of organized charity to meet the needs of those who needed help.
The early Christian communities stressed support for widows, orphans, the sick and disabled. They organized efforts to help those who were dying. They built, staffed, and paid for hospitals. In recent times, Christ’s followers have founded virtually every charitable organization on earth, including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, World Relief, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, Food for the Hungry, and Compassion International.
Without the birth of Christ, education would be very different today. Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and almost every one of the first 123 American colleges and universities were founded by Christians. They would not exist in a world without Christmas.
Christmas time is a time to reflect on the importance of its eternal benefits to each of us. But for there to be eternal benefits to others we must pass on the true meaning of Christmas in our lives to others. Jesus told us to go tell others about this marvelous miracle and its eternal implications. Go… and tell, even on a mountain!
Have a blessed Christmas!
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Don Grant of Hillview Wesleyan Church, Flemington.