Every year our family drives around and takes in the many Christmas light displays throughout the area. We turn on the radio, crank up the Christmas songs and enjoy. My son particularly likes the Frosty and Rudolph displays.
Cars are wrapped around the streets, in what has seemingly become a holiday tradition for many. Throughout our travels, like in years past, one of the most popular decorations is the nativity display.
But how do we really view this particular display? Like Christmas itself, I believe what the nativity scene represents is often misunderstood and/or criticized too much with false claims. Many people view it as just a holiday decoration that is set up and taken down, ultimately missing what it symbolizes – the most significant event that ever happened prior to the cross, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Check out Colossians 1 14-17:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Verses 15-16 explain that the birth of Jesus is the model for all creation. In verse 17, notice it says “is”, not was. Jesus is continually before all things, thus illustrating His absolute existence.
Verses 18-21 continue with:
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
What an awesome description of our Lord Jesus. Everything was changed the moment Jesus was conceived in the body of the Virgin Mary. People will try and convince you that this event could never have existed, and that’s it’s just religion – but there is nothing “religious” about this. This is reality! It’s God at work performing a miracle. The naysayers will critique this, because they cannot explain it, nor see it. This equates to having zero faith. Without faith and a relationship with Him, one can never truly comprehend that Jesus transformed the world and is the path to God.
It appears more so today than ever, people take offense to the nativity scene. But regardless of any thoughts, reactions or actions, God placed the original nativity scene and its effects will be here when Jesus returns. As children of God, we can take tremendous pleasure and comfort knowing that the moment God came to Earth to live among men is a reminder of our salvation. When you stop and think about what He actually did to secure our salvation, it’s simply amazing. The eternal God became an approachable man, living a sinless life among fallen humanity. He loves us that much!
So, no matter what’s waiting (or not waiting) for you under the tree this year, remember, you have already received the greatest present – through Him, you have the promise of heaven.
Merry Christmas, everyone. May your year be blessed with peace, love and joy!