The Reason

It's one of those phrases that makes it onto cards, ornaments, Facebook posts, and a whole array of other Christmas marketing. I've seen it a hundred times and don't really care to see it again. But here I go, reminding you of the phrase: Jesus is the reason for the season. I'm sorry - I know you're probably just as tired of the mantra as I am. Yet, I wonder, when was the last time you actually thought about it? In the midst of all the tinsel and lights, the picturesque snow villages and manger scenes, have you taken a moment to realize what all this is for? Jesus came - giving up everything He held dear, possibly forever - for what? A life where He was hated, despised, and ultimately nailed to a cross? Why would He do such a thing? To quote an old song written by Dottie Rambo, "For what earthly reason would the Heavenly Father send down His Son / To suffer rejection and pay for crimes He had not done? / For what earthly reason would the Father let Him hang on a tree?" The answer finally comes: "I wept with the answer, that one earthly reason was me."

Next time you see the phrase, "Jesus is the reason for the season," instead of rolling your eyes, pause a moment and think about what it means. Two thousand years ago, a man by the name of Joseph had just found out that his betrothed was pregnant with a baby who was not his son. As he was preparing to divorce her quietly, an angel appeared to him, telling him that the child was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit. He went on, "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). What an amazing sacrifice Christ made - for you! Won't you thank Him this Christmas?