I don’t know about you, but I like to eat more during the holidays, it helps put the “mas” back in Christmas (If you don’t know Spanish, look it up…).

Just kidding…

As I write this blog, I don’t have a great “big idea” or “thesis statement.”  Rather, I offer you 21 random musings about the coming of Jesus Christ and the Christmas season in general.  So, without further ado, here they are.

  1. Your home may be an atomic mess, your in-laws and kids and spouse may be nuts (The Griswolds would understand…), bills and laundry may be overdue, but Immanuel means God is with us—even in all the chaos.
  1. Pastors, if the Gospel is the true power of God (Rom. 1:16-18), you don’t need to conjure up “Christmas experiences” for your church. Save your time, money, creativity, volunteers, and your staff from burnout and still save souls by preaching the eternal Gospel and allowing the Spirit to work.
  1. Christmas isn’t a super-happy time for everyone. For many, it’s a time of loneliness, sad memories, and deep, deep pain. Yet, the biblical Jesus understands—so, run to Him.
  1. For us, Christmas is a celebration. For God, it is his humiliation. It is a day of somber celebration for what Jesus came to do—to die.
  1. How about we put Christ in Christmas this year by acting like Jesus instead of being jerks when people don’t greet us like we want them to?
  1. This Christmas, let’s not invalidate our testimony of grace by demanding businesses & non-believers to behave in a way we deem appropriate.
  1. What if this Christmas every Christian in the world gave more away to those in need than we bought for ourselves? Really.
  1. I pray Jesus will mess up a whole lot of Christmas-as-usuals this year for His glory and Gospel.
  1. I say, “Merry Christmas” to those who have Christ, but a repentant, Spirit-convicting Christmas to those who need Christ.
  1. Without Easter, Christmas would have been a failure. Without Easter, Christmas would be a complete failure.
  1. Christmas means God didn’t forget us.
  1. The majesty of the incarnation is a silent night pointing to a dark night, culminating in a bright morning as an angel declares, “He’s not here!”
  1. The birth narrative of Jesus is a culmination of the biblical evidence that God doesn’t just use small or weak people—but actually prefers them (1 Cor. 1:25).
  1. Christmas was a rescue mission by a husband for His bride.
  1. Ephesians 1:7-8, Romans 8:32, John 1:16. At Christmas, the Father spoils his children with gifts.
  1. John 1:14. My favorite part of Christmas is the “presence.”
  1. Christmas is that time of year when much of the world is united around the idea that believing in Jesus may just be a good thing after all and not so terrible.
  1. Every world religion: “I can get to God by myself” Christianity: “You can’t get to God…so God came down to you and offered himself.” We celebrate Christmas every day.
  1. When there’s a baby in the house (as we should have this week), daily life orbits the baby. Christmas equals God arrives as a baby to illustrate His center-of-the-universeness as Sovereign King.
  1. If “the weapons of our warfare are not of this world”, maybe that should shape our approach to the “war on Christmas”?
  1. It’s that time of year when the world gets a taste of what Christians experience all year long.

Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.