What is Christmas about?
I cannot think of any better words that portray what Christmas is about than Simeon’s in Luke 2. From the text, we gather that Simeon was most likely older in years and known for being righteous and committed to God. We also realize that the Holy Spirit is filing him at the time of this narrative, just like the Holy Spirit was involved in proclaiming who the Christ-child was in Elizabeth’s words.
The Holy Spirit speaks through Simeon and does not say that Christmas is about:
- Giving gifts
- Eating great food
- Spending time with family and friends
- Taking time off of work
- Watching a meaningless NBA season start up
- Playing football in the snow
- Reading the Christmas story and feeling all warm & fuzzy inside
Instead, this is what the Holy Spirit through Simeon says Christmas is about:
Luke 2:29–32 (ESV) 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
Christmas is about seeing God’s salvation – light and glory – in the life of the baby in a manger at Bethlehem.
Christmas is about being able to die in peace because you have placed all your faith and trust for life in a baby of humble origins. It is to celebrate the light and glory of Christ.
Experience peace this Christmas! And celebrate Christ!