In 1951, Perry Como sang It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Of course, the song is now a famous and familiar classic. The basic message the song proclaims is here is what Christmas looks like!
What does Christmas look like? I think we can agree that a fun song from the 50’s does not give us a complete description! What can we point to and conclude that’s what Christmas is all about!
As we think of the question, different answers may come to mind. It’s the décor! The lights. The trees. Those little ceramic cities. (I love those!) It’s a man in a red suit coming down your chimney. It’s time set aside and spent with friends and family.
As we continue to think about the question, we realize that there is something woefully deficient about such concepts of Christmas. As Christians, we know there is more to it. In fact, we so confident concerning our knowledge of what Christmas is truly about, that we almost become obnoxious and arrogant concerning those poor, ignorant souls who simply think that Christmas is about lights, Santa, and family get-togethers
After all, we know that Christmas is about shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, etc. We know that Christmas is clearly seen in the nativity. Smugly, we sing Silent Night and Away in a Manger as we celebrate another traditional Christmas.
Allow me to burst our superior bubble. There is a possibility that even we, the enlightened souls that we are, have missed some significant details about Christmas. While the nativity, the Christmas story, presents an impressive image, there’s more there than often meets our sentimental, celebratory eyes.
Look close and you will find out what Christmas really looks like. There are many details that you should look at, but most importantly look at the fact that Christmas is not just a baby in a manger. No, Christmas is about God wrapping Himself in human flesh, coming near to His creation, providing a way up, a way out!
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord-Luke 2:11.
Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Dec.13, 2014