It’s About Him
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 6:01 pm
The Messenger, December 15, 2011
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
Luke 2:11 and John 3:16
During this time of year, we focus on Dec. 25. We make decisions about gifts and gift-giving. We tell people what we want. Husbands ask their wives, “What do you want for Christmas?” and vice versa.
Children write letters to a fictitious man called Santa Claus and we focus on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all these other characters. But what is the season really all about?
One night many years ago, in a little stable in Bethlehem, our Redeemer was born. Jesus came to redeem a lost world from sin. John 3:16 indicates Jesus came to redeem the whole world. God commended His love toward wretched, miserable and undone men to redeem us from the law and the curse of sin and death.
So it’s about Him. It’s about the fact that He came. The Word was made flesh and dwelt right down here among us. He became a man to redeem man. He became a man to feel what man feels and to go through what man goes through. He became a man to walk and talk among men, and then, ultimately, to die for all men.
Very little attention is focused on that, because the characters of this season overshadow the real meaning of this day. It’s about Him. The Christ Child has been minimized, with the commercialization of this holiday.
But we need to focus on this one incident, this one individual that was born and changed the course of history, that one night — unnoticed by the world — when the Son of the Living God was born. While shepherds in a distant country were keeping watch over their flocks, angels appeared and announced His glorious birth.
So it’s about Him.
It’s about the fact that He came into a world unnoticed, a world doing the same things we do this season. He came at a time when Cyrenius was the governor of Syria and was taxing the world. He was unnoticed in the hierarchy of the world.
This little Baby was paid no attention. This little peasant mother named Mary, who was engaged to be married to a young man who had betrothed her — they were on their way to be taxed.
When the taxation came, Jesus stepped in — born in a manager, born among cows and sheep, born and laid in a horse trough with hay for a pillow. This little Baby was paid so little attention, but it was really about Him.
So as we look at the next few days and prepare for our dinners, our holiday parties, while commercialization runs rampant, while those who are doing their last-minute shopping, getting those last-minute gifts, while rushing to the store to pick up this or pick up that, while the turkey is being prepared and family is coming in, let’s take a serious look at what this is about. It’s the celebration that is for Him.
We need to understand that it’s not about the gifts, it’s not about the characters named, it’s about Jesus, who came to seek and save that which was lost. Without Him, we would have no eternal salvation.
It’s about Him.
The pastor and members of Mt. Zion CME Church wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
Rev. Darrel Turner
Mt. Zion CME Church