By Nancy Edwards
Tomorrow, we will be celebrating Christmas: a time of gift-giving, celebrating and spending time with friends and family. A joyous holiday, to be certain. Yet how often do we stop and remember that the holiday is Christ’s birthday?
Our society has become so politically correct that hesitation is given before saying “Merry Christmas” to someone. If we don’t know them, will they get upset if they are not Christians?
When I was starting up a newsletter for a company I worked with several years ago, I was asked by the HR Director to not include a story about Easter being a Christian holiday.
“It may offend someone,” she said. She asked that I instead write about the history of the Easter Bunny. I understood that, as HR Director, she was following protocol, but without Christ, there would be no Easter.
It’s sad when Christians feel they can’t express their love for our Heavenly Father on these holidays created for celebrating Christ. I imagine that our Savior must feel the way any father would feel if his child said, “I don’t have a father.”
Fishers resident and Assistant Pastor of River of Life Church, Kern Qualkenbush, reminds us of proof that Jesus Christ existed.
“Ancient texts were written about the birth of Jesus long before he was born,” Qualkenbush said. “Prophet Isaiah said he would be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father. Throughout the Old Testament, there were about 100 prophecies foretelling the birth and life of Jesus Christ.
Qualkenbush also noted the meaning of gift-giving. This tradition, as well, began with Christ.
“The Magi presented to the baby costly gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh thus recognizing Jesus as the One they were seeking. This is the reason why we exchange gifts during Christmas because we recognize the worth and appreciate the person we are gifting,” he said.
“The true meaning of Christmas is to understand the importance of setting aside a day, once a year, to be thankful for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The sole purpose of his coming to earth was to bring salvation to all who will receive it,” Qualkenbush added.
“There is nothing wrong with fun, decorating, family, food, and exchanging gifts but let’s not forget the reason for the season,” Qualkenbush said. “Let’s all remember Christmas is the celebrated time of the birth of Christ. Peace on earth and good will to all.”
Merry Christmas to all!