“IS CHRISTMAS OFFICIALLY OVER?”

READ: LUKE 2:22-50

‘IS CHRISTMAS OFFICIALLY OVER?” DON’T THESE WORDS SOUND HORRIBLE?

YET, THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, THAT IS WHAT THE STORES WERE TELLING US. EVERYTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS WAS ALL CLEARANCE PRICED AND SHELVES WERE CLEARED FOR VALENTINES DAY CANDY AND GIFTS. THE CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS AND STORES SELLING TREES HAD DISPOSED OF ALL OF THE TREES ON CHRISTMAS EVE…DECLARING CHRISTMAS WAS OVER BEFORE THE BLESSED DAY! DECORATIONS ARE COMING DOWN MUCH FASTER THAN THEY WENT UP.

YOUR HOME IS PERHAPS NOT THAT DIFFERENT WITH CHRISTMAS WRAPPING PAPER, RIBBONS, BOWS AND BOXES CRAMMED INTO THE TRASH. MANY WILL BE TAKING DOWN THEIR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS THIS WEEKEND. HAVE WE OBSERVED A SEASON OF ‘WHAT AM I GOING TO GET?’ RATHER THAN THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR. WE OVER-SPENT, OVER-ATE AND SELFISHLY OVER-EXPECTED.

WHAT STARTED AS A PROCLAMATION BY ANGELIC HOSTS AND WITNESSED BY SHEPHERDS AND KINGS ALIKE HAS TURNED INTO A MATERIALISTIC CELEBRATION FOR MANY. DON’T BLAME RETAIL BUSINESSES FOR THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF CHRISTMAS. THEY ARE ONLY FOLLOWING THE DESIRES OF THE PUBLIC.

CHRISTMAS IS NOT OFFICIALLY OVER UNLESS CHRIST’S LOVE IS NOT IN YOUR HEART.

CELEBRATING JESUS’ BIRTH DOES NOT HAVE TO BE OVER. AS A FAITHFUL BELIEVER, YOU CAN CELEBRATE THE JOY OF OUR SAVIOR’S BIRTH EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. DURING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS, WE HAD NUMEROUS ‘EASY’ OPPORTUNITIES TO TELL THE REAL CHRISTMAS STORY SINCE CHRISTMAS WAS DISPLAYED ALL AROUND US.

WILL THESE DAYS GOING FORWARD BE DAYS OF A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF GOD SENDING HIS SON? WILL YOU CONTINUE TELLING THE STORY OF OUR SAVIORS BIRTH, LIFE, CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION? JESUS’ STORY STARTS WITH HIS BIRTH AND IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT TELLING OF THE REASON FOR HIS BIRTH.

MATTHEW 28, VERSES 19 AND 20 IS THE GREAT COMMISSION, INSTRUCTING US TO TELL THE STORY ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE WORLD STARTS JUST INCHES PAST YOUR FRONT DOOR. TELLING THE WORLD THAT ‘CHRISTMAS IS NOT OVER’ BEGINS WITH YOU TELLING YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS THE MIRACLE OF CHRIST BIRTH, LIFE AND DEATH THAT HAS GIVEN YOU EVERLASTING LIFE. HE HAS BOUGHT YOUR SINS AND HE WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR THEIR SINS AS WELL. TELL THEM OF HIS RESURRECTION AND HOW JESUS WILL COME AGAIN.

KEEP CHRISTMAS ALIVE IN YOUR HEART AND IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS BY TELLING THEM ABOUT CHRIST.

CHRISTMAS IS NOT OFFICIALLY OVER…JUST ASK GOD!