Claiming the True Colors of Christmas

Claiming the True Colors of Christmas

I love the season of Advent. But I detest the commercializing of the season of Christmas. I hate the lies we are tried to make to believe.  I hate the lies that try to take away the real meaning of Christmas, the lies that try to take away the true colors of Christmas.Here’s an example: a department store add stating boldly: “Luxury belongs to Christmas!” WHAT? Christmas has NOTHING to do with luxury. The birth of Jesus was as far from luxury as possible! They did not have room in an inn. Jesus was born in a stable and was put in a manger. Luxury simply does not belong to Christmas.

Even Jesus the Messiah is not a luxury item, he is a necessity for us. Joseph Parker puts it this way: “Humans need Jesus Christ as a necessity and not as a luxury. You may be pleased to have flowers, but you must have bread…. Jesus is not a phenomenon, He is bread: Christ is not a curiosity, He is water. As surely as we cannot live without bread, we cannot live truly without Christ: If we know not Christ we are not living, our movement is a mechanical flutter, our pulse is but the stirring of an animal life.”

We simply just need Jesus. Blessedly the way to salvation is not to be bought by only the rich. The way to salvation is not to be earned by our works. The way to salvation is a free gift from God: Jesus.

Earlier generations didn’t know this hidden plan that God has now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets through the Spirit. This plan is that the Gentiles would be coheirs and parts of the same body, and that they would share with the Jews in the promises of God in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Eph. 3: 5-6, CEB)

Only in Jesus we find…
….the true colors of Christmas,
….the depth of God’s love for us,
….the height of God’s mercy,
….the breadth of God’s grace,
….the length of God’s loving-kindness,
and the true colors of Life.

This is why I kneel before the Father. Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him. I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen. (Eph. 3: 14-21, CEB)

 

Gracious God,
Thank you that Jesus is not a luxury item
that only rich could afford.
Thank you for coming for each and everyone of us.
Thank you for loving us so much
that you gave your only son for us
so we could be made right with you
and have life and more life in you.
Prepare us for your coming.
Enable us to understand
the true colors of life.
Be our everything.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What kind of lies have you detected about Christmas? How do you claim the true colors of Christmas?

Be blessed, fellow pilgrim, on your advent journey!

Image courtesy of Jeff Boriss. This post is refurbished from last year. Linking up today with  What’s on Your Heart Tuesdays & Soli Deo Gloria.

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