Why Church Holidays?

Posted by nancy on November 29, 2012

Why Church Holidays?

 

I just saw an article that said that 45% of Americans would rather bypass Christmas.  I am convinced that news organizations devise polls so that they can then be the news.  It appears that according to the headline the Grinch and Mr. Scrooge are in this year.  A celebration like Christmas is the difference for most stores and companies supplying the gifts between a profitable year and bankruptcy. 

 

Why not make the holidays that we celebrate a time of personal introspection?  Prior to Christmas the church celebrates a season called Advent.  It really is a wonderful season of the church year.  Advent means that Jesus is coming to us.  He comes to us and lives in us by means of his Word and sacraments (the Lord’s Supper and Baptism).  He is coming again on the last day to judge the heaven and earth.  He came to this world in flesh and blood atBethlehem.  I can see why Satan is pleased to have Christmas turn more toward the fat guy who likes the red clothes; I can see why Satan is pleased to see that companies see the need to avoid the red and finish in the black and Christmas is what makes the difference.

 

Put Jesus front and center.  Remember what the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2 when he said that Jesus who is God humbled himself and “took on the nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”  God became flesh so he could become obedient unto death and pay the penalty of sin…for the entire world!  He became flesh to die for us.  He came to be tempted in every way that you and I are, but he never sinned.  The perfection God demands from us, he supplied for us.  If you have difficulty following what that all means, then explore some more.  My name is Pastor Larry Zahn and I promise to explain it all.  Just ask me.  When you understand what I wrote about in the last paragraph, you will easily see why Christmas is really about a baby born to save than that fat guy who climbs down chimneys. 

 

Peace in Christ,

 

Pastor Larry Zahn

 

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