Today’s Scripture: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. LukeĀ 2:11

As Christmastime approaches each year, the children’s anticipation builds until they can barely contain themselves. The hope of receiving presents, getting out of school, and way-more-than-you-could-possibly-eat Christmas treats causes a level of excitement that they cannot hide. Despite all of this, the things they are looking forward to are far less spectacular than the true meaning of Christmas.

Christ came to be the perfect payment for our sins. When He was born that day, Salvation had come to Earth. He gave the greatest gift of all-Himself. Yet so often, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We get sucked into the merchandizing of Christmas instead of remembering why we are celebrating in the first place.

Yes, Christmas is a fun time of giving gifts, spending time with family and friends, and eating good food. However, if that is all that Christmas has become, what is its purpose? When the world celebrates Christmas, it wants to remove every mention of Christ it can. We should make sure that Christ is the central part of our celebration.

Christmas is not about how well you can decorate a Christmas tree. It’s not about how many lights you can put up on your house. It’s not about getting the gift you’ve been wanting all year. It’s about the Savior coming to Earth to provide salvation for the world. It’s about God providing a way. Let’s make sure we remember the Reason for the season.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder