Know Christ, Know Christmas
No Christ, No Christmas
No one’s credentials could be compared to those of Paul’s. Looking from the outside in, He seemed to have had everything as far as confidence in the flesh. His advantages were bold and impressive, what more could he wish for?
Now as he journeyed to Damascus his life took a dramatic turn when a light from heaven suddenly flashed about him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” - Acts 9:3-4.
After his experience, his spiritual eyes were opened and from that moment on, everything he previously built his life upon, became meaningless. His humanly accomplishments were not enough. In Philippians 3:10 he wrote: “I want to know Christ…”
After reading Paul’s sentiment, my thoughts turned toward Christmas. What about Christmas? Christmas is a wonderful season, and most of us find great joy feasting with family and friends. Our Christmas trees are embellished with glowing lights and shiny ornaments. Not to mention, the countless hours that are spent in search of the perfect gift. None of these things are bad, but it’s all too easy to get caught up and lose focus on why we celebrate Christmas.
After Paul’s face to face encounter with Jesus, he had something to celebrate. And like him, our sentiment should be: “I want to know Christ…”
We may have a lot, but it holds no worth in comparison to knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Knowing Him exceeds all else, He’s the most valuable and costly gift that anyone can receive. If you know Him, then you know what Christmas is all about.
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org