“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” - Buddy the Elf
What is Christmas all about? It is about presents and giving, spending time with the family, drinking eggnog, and just having fun right? No, that is not what Christmas is about. If you are starting to think this is gonna be one of those stereotypical “what is Christmas really about messages?” then you are wrong. Yes Christmas is the time that we remember that Jesus came to earth as a human to save humanity. After traveling to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph had their first kid who would then go on to save the world. Shepherds’ and Wise Men would worship him at the nativity scene that we set up around our homes, and we all cuddle up in blankets with hot coco while we listen to this story but wait, there is a problem here. First of all the Wise Men were not actually at the stable where Jesus was born, but that is for another time. The problem is that this story make us feel good and nice and warm inside (the warm part may just be the hot coco…). Yes Jesus came to save us from our sins, but there is a part two to this story. Jesus did not just come and die on the cross and then yippee we are all going to heaven. That is not the reality of this story. Jesus had to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins and we now must do something.
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.”
What do you think of after reading this passage? Now normally we would talk about what it mean to die to yourself, and you could preach endless messages on verses 24-25, but I want to hit on something else. What do you think of when you read verses 26 and 27?
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.”
One day Jesus is coming back, and one day we will all stand in judgement for our actions. Now the one who has accepted Jesus, followed Him, and done what verses 24-25 say we will be accepted into eternity with Christ. Heck yes! But wait a second… what about the rest? Well truthfully speaking, they are going to Hell. Eternal separation from Christ. Does that break your heart like it does mine? The people you go to school with, the people you work with, and your family members may be in terrible suffering for the rest of eternity once they leave this earth. Does that bother you? Because it should. What are you doing about it? No, you cannot grant them salvation but when we truly have denied ourselves and followed Christ people will see it. People will notice. We should not look at Christmas as the time for gift giving and all the other festive things we do, but we should remember Christ, remember His sacrifice for us, remember what we are to do, and we should be moved to share the Gospel. I am sorry but your favorite Christmas movie got it wrong. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is not singing loud it is sharing Christ and inviting people to come spend eternity with Jesus in heaven. We may be the one to plant the seed, we may be the one to water the seed, and our role in their salvation is not to save them it is to tell them that Jesus is the one to save them. So this Christmas, do something different give the gift of the Gospel of Christ. Share the good news of what Christmas really means, in the time of year that many people who will not listen are open to listening. This Christmas spread the Christmas cheer.