I’m sure you’ve noticed that Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier each year. This year, we were not quite out of October yet and already stores were decorated for Christmas, playing Christmas songs, and filled with the smells of pumpkin pie and apple cider. That seems a bit early, eh? And I know that most retail shops are motivated primarily by a desire to get you to spend more money at their stores.
But I’ve been thinking about it in another way.
What if the Lord in His sovereignty is allowing the stores to begin to broadcast the beginning of the holidays earlier and earlier so that more people would have the opportunity to hear about the birth of His Son, Jesus? People hear about Jesus’ birth during the Christmas season in a lot of ways:
> Conversations with Christians about the true meaning of Christmas
> Invitations to parties during the holidays
> Google searches, such as “Christmas” and “wise men” and “star of Bethlehem”
> Attending special concerts and worship services at churches
> Christmas carolers in their neighborhood or street corners
> Christmas movies on television
> Christmas songs on the radio, Spotify and Pandora
> Many other ways
So rather than getting depressed about the long, drawn-out, over-commercialized holiday season, let’s each of us as Christ-followers realize the wonderful opportunities that we have during the Christmas season to point people to the birth of Jesus the Messiah, the one who was born to be the Savior of the world, for all who believe!
She will give birth to a son, and you are name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)