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Christmas Reminder of Our Great Need

Posted on December 20, 2007

If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior!

I don't know who wrote these words, but he or she gets the real meaning behind Christmas. 

Christmas is about how God fulfilled the most basic need of every human -- the need for forgiveness. But most people won't admit this to themselves.  But until we do acknowlege this need for forgiveness and healing, we can't embrace the true reason for the season (Luke 2:11).  When we've personally experienced forgiveness for our sins and rebellion against God, we are released to see Christ in a radically different light.  We see how shallow the sentimentality and materialism of Christmas can be.  (Read my blog for how my wife and I, even as whole-hearted believers, in one recent year fell into this trap.) 

Such secular celebrations leave out many.   These who can feel like throw-away persons during Christmas perhaps don't have much, if any, of a real family.  So how they can participate in something for which they have no basis to celebrate?  (Of course, we as Christians can reach out to them and bring them into our own homes to make them feel part of our own family - 1Peter 4:9)

But if Christ is recognized as the reason for the season, we can rejoice regardless of our  earthly family situation.  We know we belong to the family of God because of the forgiveness that the babe in the manger grew up to offer.  Our crucified savior lost all in order to make us men who win.
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