Cross Christmas Tree

December 17, 2009 by USA Post 

Cross Christmas Tree:Why celebrate Christmas? Christmas for most of us is a time of merry making, of gift giving, of joyous music, of expressions of love. In all of these we may forget the main reason for the celebrations which is the remembrance of God’s love, so great that He took the form of man to make it easier for us to love Him and because of love for Him to love our fellow man. Our faith is a faith of love and joy. As a creature we can easily understand the need to adore but we may find it hard to love an Almighty God, all-knowing, all- encompassing Creator. But since He is the God of love, He made it easier for us to love Him back by becoming a man like us, a Child in Bethlehem. This is the basic reason for all the celebrations. God’s loves us and in His mercy has given us the opportunity to love Him back. This justifies the joys of Christmas.

The coming of the king as a humble child in poverty in a manger also reminds us of His coming to save us from the weight of our own tendencies to evil, our shortcomings, our gloom, and weakness in the face of temptation. He saved us from evil, and made up for our transgressions, our sloth, our greed for power and possessions, our lust, our anger and desires for revenge, our selfishness and unconcern for others. Rejoice then, because He has made up for our transgressions. We have no more debts, no punishments to undergo since they have all been forgiven and paid for. The tiniest whimper or suffering of the Almighty God made man would have sufficed to pay for our transgressions although He went on to the Cross to give us an example and to warn us that we are still subject to the evil within us, and of the powers of evil that surround us.

Without the Child, Christmas merry making has no meaning. We rejoice because He taught us how to love and made it easier for us to love the Almighty. We rejoice because we have been empowered to control the evil within us and strengthened against the forces of evil that surround us. The evergreen tree of the Christmas tree is the symbol of the constancy of God’s love. It is ever green and ever constant. Santa Claus is the symbol of giving and self giving that Jesus taught and did for us. So are the three kings who came from the east to offer gifts of adoration.

Our insensitivity and forgetfulness may make us forget Christ in Christmas celebrations but there are those who deliberately try to remove Jesus from the celebrations. Greetings become “Happy Holidays.” Merry making is merely the urge to join the merry making of others or merry making for its own sake. The atheists join celebrations but not because God became man but just to join the merry making. The new age people do the same. They believe they can through their own effort and thinking, through philosophy and psychology, reach the Almighty without Jesus, the God/man. Then there are the pagans who join in the commercialization of Christmas because it is a source of profit.

We, therefore, must not be distracted by the merry making, the gift giving, the jolly music from the only reason for the joy, that God became man to save us from our own evil inclinations and the evils that surround us; that Jesus is our Savior who came to teach us how to love God; that because of our love of God we come to love our fellow man; that we rejoice because we have been saved. Love and rejoice. A Child has been born for our salvation.

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