The church is filled with beautiful music. Festive lights and lovely decorations create an atmosphere of joy. We all seem to be happier and friendlier. However, we are now being told that saying “Merry Christmas” is politically incorrect. We are instead encouraged to max out our credit cards for gifts that will make us look good to our friends and family.
This special celebration was never designed to make merchants rich or to give us personal status with our friends and family. Looking at our past gives us a bird’s eye view of the many mistakes we’ve made in our lives. It also shows us that we can’t blot out those wrongdoings alone. We need someone to help us and God has made that possible with the birth of His very own Son, Jesus. Jesus is still available to the entire world. To get a better look at the present we have to go again to the past.
Isaiah wrote these words many years before the birth of Jesus. “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” Let’s rejoice in that fulfilled promise and not be afraid to say, Merry CHRISTmas.