But alas, if we are not careful, it is all too easy for us to lose sight of the true meaning of the Christmas season. We must be careful to remember one great truth amidst all the busy excitement. That truth has been aptly put by a simple bumper sticker that reads: “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. It is very important, especially for those of us who are believers, never to forget this.
To help underscore this thought, I am posting here today a short piece today that was penned several years ago by M. R. DeHaan, M.D., Founder of the famed Radio Bible Class. It is titled:
Can This Be Christmas?
What's all this hectic rush and worry?
Where go these crowds who run and curry?
Why all the lights - the Christmas trees?
The jolly "fat man," tell me please!
Why, don't you know? This is the day
For parties and for fun and play;
Why this is Christmas!
So this is Christmas, do you say?
But where is Christ this Christmas day?
Has He been lost among the throng?
His voice drowned out by empty song?
No. He's not here - you'll find Him where
Some humble soul now kneels in prayer,
Who knows the Christ of Christmas.
But see the many aimless thousands
Who gather on this Christmas Day,
Whose hearts have never yet been opened,
Or said to Him, "Come in to stay."
In countless homes the candles burning,
In countless hearts expectant yearning
For gifts and presents, food and fun,
And laughter till the day is done.
But not a tear of grief or sorrow
For Him so poor He had to borrow
A crib, a colt, a boat, a bed
Where He could lay His weary head.
I'm tired of all this empty celebration,
Of feasting, drinking, recreation;
I'll go instead to Calvary.
And there I'll kneel with those who know
The meaning of that manger low,
And find the Christ - this Christmas.
I leap by faith across the years
To that great day when He appears
The second time, to rule and reign,
To end all sorrow, death, and pain.
In endless bliss we then shall dwell
With Him who saved our souls from hell,
And worship Christ - not Christmas!
The last line bears repeating. May we always remember to worship Christ and not Christmas! After all, For without Him, there would be neither Christmas nor Christmas trappings! But with Him, all the activity, all the festivity, all the tradition finds its meaning! Indeed, He alone is the reason for the season!
SOURCE: This time-honored piece is available widely on the internet. See, for instance, http://www.dailyintheword.org/content/miracle-christmas.