Before the Christmas season is upon us, take a close look at the reason Christmas is celebrated and how we have turned a celebration of the birth of Christ into a disgrace in the eyes of God. (Isaiah 1:13-14)
When the wise men took their gifts to Jesus at his birth, the gifts were to the Christ child. How we have taken that into what it is today is a dishonor in the eyes of God.
We no longer have gifts given by wise men but by Santa Claus, and he doesn't give the gifts to the Christ but to everyone else. When it is your birthday, how would you feel if all of your friends and loves ones gave gifts to each other but you did not receive any?
We overeat, we overspend, we run to this party and that and never once give thanks to our God for his grace in Christ Jesus.
Our God is a big God and a gracious God, but he is also a jealous God who deserves the glory of the season for the free gift he gave to all of us: namely, his son, Jesus Christ.
Is it OK to buy each other gifts? Sure, but give them in honor of Jesus' birth, and to those in need, give graciously. A gift given to those in need – the sick, the orphaned, the abused, the poor – are the gifts wise men would give to the Christ child.
Enjoy Christmas with love and thanksgiving, but remember: It's not your birthday, it's his.