BY LEANN DILBECK –
Christmas is truly my most favorite time of year! My sweet daughter said months in advance of the holiday this year that she couldn’t wait for this time of year because it just ‘feels different.’ When I asked ‘how,’ she explained everyone was ‘just a little nicer and more generous.’ So true, isn’t it? As the Spirit of Christmas seems to fill our hearts, it is a time of year like no other.
Christmas is much more than a cultural phenomena. Let us never forget that it is very much a Christian holiday, celebrating Emmanuel… ‘God with us’ as our heavenly Father sent his one and only Son to not only dwell among us but to be our Savior. No one ever disputes Jesus’ life but many will debate His being our Messiah and the one foretold to us in the Old Testament. Our family recently watched the Pure Flix movie, ‘The Case for Christ,’ based on the true story of Lee Strobel, an investigative journalist for The Chicago Tribune who set out on a clear and driven mission to disprove Jesus Christ as the prophesied Messiah. What did he find in his investigation? Jesus. What happens when we seek the one true Son of God? We find Him … He who abundantly gives a love, grace, mercy, and freedom that cannot be found anywhere else. Someone, who vehemently opposed a higher being and was an atheist, found scientific and medical evidence that every God-breathed word in the Bible of Jesus’ life after his crucifixion was, in fact, true. Probably the most profound for Strobel was when Saul of Tarsus, who persecuted Christians, met the resurrected Jesus. Saul ultimately became the Apostle Paul and is responsible for writing much of the New Testament.
This tiny baby that was born in a barn over 2000 years ago is still being celebrated. And, that is why, even for those who may not have a personal relationship with Him, still feel this special “spirit” of Christmas. It’s not a cultural phenomena. It’s Emmanuel – ‘God with us.’ The One, whose very life tore the veil and gave us the freedom to commune with a Holy God. The One who, without a doubt in my mind or heart, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord.