[serialposts]I think that everyone knows why we celebrate Christmas… at least generally speaking. Most people can tell you all about how Jesus, the supposed Son of God, was born in a manger in Bethlehem. Even those who are not certain about who Jesus is still recognize that it is a time when we celebrate things like peace and hope and goodwill towards men.
But most of us also know that this religious celebration has become an over-commercialized celebration, and much of the real meaning for this celebration is lost in ancient and modern rituals.
Even those of us with the best intentions of keeping with the true meaning of this Holy Celebration, still get wrapped up in events and activities that cause us to loose focus on how important this day really is.
Simply put, the Christian view is that this is the day that God became man in order to save us from our own self-destruction. This God-man was named Jesus, and His entrance into this world changed everything, forever.
His impact on history is unmistakable. He has changed my life. And if you are reading this right now, then he has changed (or is in the process of changing) your life. His presence on this Earth has caused nothing short of a revolution in the human condition.
But we are here to talk specifically about Christmas. What does this holiday really mean? Why do so many celebrate the birth of this man? What I can tell you is that the answer to these (and many more) questions depends on what you believe about who that child in the manger was over 2,000 years ago. If he was just a man, then Christmas is just an old tradition when families get together and try to be nice to each other.
If Jesus really was the Son of God who came to save us from our sins, then Christmas is a day that should drive us to our knees in worship of the Creator who would sacrifice of Himself in order to be with us for eternity.
This distinction is a big deal. I mean a really big deal.
So as a team of amazing bloggers works through Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Christmas, I just pray that your heart is open to the Truth. And as we explore the eyewitness, scientific, profile and fingerprint evidence, I pray that the Holy Spirit give you the discernment to know the Truth not only in your mind, but also in your heart. And as you know the Truth, may the Truth set you free!
So, who do you say that He is?