We Need a Little Christmas

For I’ve grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older,
And I need a little angel,
Sitting on my shoulder,
Need a little Christmas now (“We Need a Little Christmas 1)

Here we are in the final days before celebration of the incarnation. Our outside Christmas lights have been on each night at sundown since Thanksgiving evening. Just about every room inside the house has been dressed with decorations and lights, while various tart burners distribute fragrances throughout our home, adding to the festive atmosphere. Our home is also filled with the sound of carols. Inside our home, Christmas is here again – as long as the television news channel is not on.

Outside, wars and rumors of wars abound. We are often told that some conflict or other could spark WW3. Here in America, it seems that we are still locked in a cold war against each other. Fierce political battles are waged on the airwaves and Facebook. Family members and lifetime friends are unfriending one another and parting company over issues, which, although important, will be forgotten in a few days in favor of fresh arguments, leaving mostly sadness, unresolved anger, and a little more darkness in their wake.

We want peace, but it seems there is no peace. In many ways the stanza from “We Need a Little Christmas” is reflected back to us as we prepare for Christmas this year. Certainly, it isn’t a spiritual song, but many would agree that in this emotionally draining year our culture has “grown a little colder, grown a little sadder, grown a little older.” We do need something to get us refocused and to bring peace back into our hearts.

Traditionally, at this time of year we have sermons and articles telling the story of the birth of the Savior. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her of her coming pregnancy: She will be blessed to conceive and carry the Son of the Most High! Joseph, naturally upset by Mary’s pregnancy, also receives a visit from an angel, who tells him that that he should go ahead and marry her because the child she is carrying is from God. The Son of God is born in a stable in Bethlehem. Shepherds in the field hear angels sing of His birth and rush to see Him. A star appears, and Wise Men come from afar to worship the newborn King. We all know the story, and many of us love it dearly.

We find this birth was prophesied many centuries beforehand in Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.

This heavenly birth was visited upon people who lived at a time of great darkness:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. (Isaiah 9:2)

What could make one feel leaner, colder, sadder, and older than dwelling in darkness? Darkness drains the life out of a person. The Apostle John picks up on this theme (and perhaps points back to Isaiah 9:2), when he writes,

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:4-9)

Sadly, when Jesus came into the world, many did not receive Him. (John 1:11) Many rejected him. This rejection of God and His Son is the root of all the darkness still in the world today. To receive Christ is to believe in Him. It involves the heart and the will. One doesn’t receive Christ by going to a church or engaging in a religious ritual. And no one is born into the faith as one might be born into an Irish or Italian family. Each must believe in and receive Christ personally. No priest, no minister, no one’s parents – no one can believe for another – no one can confer salvation on another. Salvation is a direct interaction between the person and God. One must CALL upon the Lord! Romans 10:10 and 10:13:

For it is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.

When one believes in Christ and receives Him, that person becomes a child of God.

Yet, to all who did receive Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become children of God – Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  (John 1:12-13)

Christians, take heart! Though we may be surrounded by darkness, Christians do not LIVE in darkness. By faith (belief) in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, we have been born again and are, in fact, indwelt by the Light of the World! We are children of God! Every year that passes brings us closer to the return of our King and true peace on Earth! May we all be blessed in our celebration of the day He entered this world and blessed us with His light.

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  1. From Jerry Herman’s 1966 Broadway musical, Mame,

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We Need a Little Christmas — 2 Comments

  1. I am surprised that with all the wonderful work you have done over the years exposing false teachings, that you have never looked into and exposed the origins of the tradition of christmas. It’s a traditon of man. Jesus was born when it was warm enough for shepherds to keep their flocks in the fields, and warm enough to sleep in a stable.

    The date chosen (Dec 25th) is the birthday of 10 different pagan gods and goddesses. God hates it when we mix the unholy with what is Holy. It’s very common however, to see stockings (hung for the lie that “santa” is coming, next to a tree that fits the description of Jeremiah 10:3-4 perfectly – yes, these ARE the droids you’re looking for. Also the tradition of giving each other gifts is a pagan caste system tradtion. Jesus was never in the holiday and was never the reason for the season! No, I’m not a JW or any other kind of cult member. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. The same one who overturned merchants tables in the temple. There is no “mother and child” worhip in the Bible. This holdiay came about by a compromise between the RCC and Constantine, and has no place in the lives of followers of Jesus. It’s a perfect example of a violation of the 4th commandment. We put the name “Christ” into a day that is mixed with all kinds of Babylonian traditions, and then say that He is the reason for the season! That’s a huge deception!
    I really would have thought you would have seen this for yourself.

  2. Thank you for the comment Clay. Actually, we have spent a fair amount of time looking into the claims by some of “pagan origins.” Just this past week we did a webcast on this titled, ”Christians, Holidays and Paganism”. We do address the Jeremiah passage in that as well. One of the articles we have suggested is ”The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Christmas” by Daniel Lattier. Another short video (a tad over 5 minutes) is “Horus Ruins Christmas” by Lutheran Satire touches on most of the claims in a slightly humorous way or satire

    As far as the claim of “a compromise between the RCC and Constantine” is a bit on the week side as the RCC didn’t exist as the seat of power. There was a Pentarchy or five sees of power at that time in history and Rome was one of the five. However, perhaps a more important point though is that as Paul points out with regard to eating meat sacrificed to idols (1 Corinthians 8), believers judging believers about days of celebration (Colossians 2 and Romans 14), I do realize that some believers are weak in faith and would never insist that they do something against their conscience or perhaps cause them to stumble back into pagan practices from which they were delivered. I know believers who do not celebrate either the incarnation or the resurrection and there is nothing commanded in Scripture one way or the other with the obvious exception of the Lord’s Table.

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