Every year Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Christ with joy and happiness. The birth of Mary’s child in the poor manger in Bethlehem is an event that changed human history. That little child was more than just another baby born on earth. That child was the one about whom the prophets spoke. He was the one whom God had promised to send in order to become the Savior of the world.
Tonight and tomorrow Christians around the world will gather with family and friends to celebrate God’s wonderful gift: the gift of His love. Christmas is a great time to express love and concern for others. This is what God did by sending His only Son. God so loved the world that He sent His Son Jesus to give us eternal life and to reveal the extent of God’s love for you. This is the meaning of the angels’ words: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
However, from every corner of our nation, Christmas has been under attack. Many people today are reluctant to use the name of Christ, Savior, or any other word that is related to Christmas. Some stores are removing references to Christmas, even though they still want your Christmas business.
This is a great challenge for the church. As God’s people, we have been called to proclaim to everyone that a long time ago, God became a human being and chose to live among us. That is the reality of Christmas. There is no Christmas without Christ.
Christians everywhere are committed to proclaim the Christ of Christmas. In the midst of the pain and suffering of our world, there is the good news that Christ can make life better. In the midst of the rejections and denials of the Christ of Christmas, there is a love that accepts and affirms. To this cause, the followers of Christ are committed. To the Christ of Christmas we, the followers of Christ, pledge our love and commitment.
At this time of great joy and happiness, I would like to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for you and your loved ones. May the God who demonstrated His great love at Christmas bring you and your loved ones joy, love, and peace. From the depths of my heart, I wish you a happy and blessed Christmas.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary