What Difference Does Christmas Make?
December 22, 2011 § 1 Comment
The difference that Christmas makes all depends on what you see when you look in the manger. Do you only see a sweet little baby that fits the romanticized picture of a consumerist Christmas? Titus 2:11 sees in the manger “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” And the appearance of this grace that saves makes all the difference, because “it teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…” (2:12-13). We celebrate Christmas as a people who know we are living between two appearances. The appearance in the manger is a glimpse of God’s reality of grace and salvation, and it leads us into a journey of following Jesus until He appears again. A life of following Jesus is the only legitimate outcome of our Christmas celebrations. How will His appearance be reflected in your life and mine after the Christmas trees are packed away again? That is the crucial question.