Christmas—Don’t say “It’s Over”
by Christy Pearce
There is a certain emptiness that hangs in the air after all the paper has been torn, when just crumbs remain where cookies have been, and only echoes warble in our memories from gatherings that once surrounded us.
Is that it?
With all the excitement and hubbub over, does it mean Christmas is really over?
Well, if presents, food and gatherings were the only motivation for celebrating the season, then sadly, yes. It is over.
I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Without You.
I’ll never forget the first time I really felt the heaviness of “the end” of Christmas. I was pretty young—around ten years old, but the memory is etched on my mind like a car door that got keyed.
Looking around at the aftermath of trash, dirty dishes and torn-open boxes exposing the parts inside, I felt dead and dirty inside.
All that sparked my excitement about Christmas had come to a finale. It weighed so heavily in my soul. I still feel that weight sometimes.
Christmas for that ten-year-old girl revolved around me. My joy, my wishes, my satisfaction… It is no wonder I felt so hollow when it was over. Even though I had literally just been “handed” so much, Christmas left me feeling empty-handed.
I don’t remember talking too much about Jesus, or why we celebrated Christmas to begin with. It wasn’t so much celebrating the birth of a Savior. Instead, it revolved around the excuse to give and receive gifts once a year, and the opportunity to play Santa. When Christmas is missing Christ, then we truly are missing Christmas.
But no matter what we made it out to be back then, it doesn’t take away what Christmas is really about. There’s no denying that Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, came on the scene over 2,000 years ago in a dirty manger. But if our view of Christmas ends with a baby conceived of a virgin, there in the arms of His mother, then Christmas is empty and useless—and so are we. PRAISE GOD, it wasn’t over with the birth of a baby! It was only the beginning!
There’s Something About That Name
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end . . .” Isaiah 9:6-7a: (ESV)
Isaiah 9 lists some beautiful attributes of Jesus’ character—“Wonderful Counselor,” Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father” and “Prince of Peace.” These four names alone are evidence enough that Christmas is so much more than a family gift exchange, and it NEVER has to be over. Let’s meditate on the perpetual gifts we have in Christ through these four names.
Four Examples that Prove Christmas Lives Beyond December 25th
- Christ is the “Wonderful Counselor.” I don’t know about you, but I need advisement from the word of truth every moment. Jesus is the Word incarnate, and He is our Great Advisor on all things, always.
- Christ is “Mighty God.” Christ and God are one, and God is the Creator and Champion of all creation. He is the Hero of my life story—and yours. I need a hero to step in and save me from sinful self every single day. And so do you.
- Christ is “Everlasting Father.” We are privileged to have met the Eternal Father through Christ. John 14 says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” My relationship with Jesus secures my eternal destiny. He has forever restored me to a right relationship with God. “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25, ESV)
- Christ is the “Prince of Peace.” “The peace that passes all understanding” is offered to us by Jesus. Jesus is the only one who has the power to reconcile my wicked, sinful heart to God. Forever.
So put away the dishes that once cradled cookies. Clean up the messes. Box up the decorations for storage until next year. That stuff isn’t the real evidence that Christmas happened, anyway. It’s Jesus. And Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)
At the end of Christmas Day, if Jesus is what fills our minds and hearts, then the spirit of Christmas lives on all the year through! Please leave a comment proving Jesus lives on!
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Bio of Christy Pearce
Stay at Home Mommy of 3.
Writer and Speaker-Proclaimer of God’s Truth!
Christy Pearce is just like any other mommy. Christy and her husband, Jim, have three little gifts whom she works hard to serve and train up! While Christy admits that she is far from perfect, she desires that Christ would be preeminent in all she says (writes) and does. Her blog, “Faith Like Dirty Diapers,” was born out of God using every day events—even a diaper change—to strengthen her with words of life.
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