“Merry Christmas”… what does that mean anyway?
‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la, etc….
Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men.
… And all the other typical quoted quotes pervade the songs, the cards, and the movies.
But, I can tell you the whole Christmas deal in just 4 words.
That’s the whole of Merry Christmas from beginning to end, and the why.
First, Christmas is a celebration of the baby-Jesus being born in the manger; the scene is sung about, depicted on cards, and given subtle due credit in seasonal movies. But, why celebrate this particular birth?
Second, what happens to that oh-so-sweet-baby-lying-in-that manger? He dies; His was no peaceful passing. He dies after being stripped, beaten til bloody, spit upon, and nailed alive, to a cross, for all to see.
Third: When death takes his last breath away, this baby-from-the-manger-grown-up is buried just like all the other dead of the day – in a tomb. Yet, when three ladies go, to pay their respects, the tomb was found empty – this grown man walked about as alive as ever and then rose up into the sky and entered heaven; this grown-man simultaneously was God, is God – this is how He could ascend. He sits there even now, with his Father, and gives full rest and peace to my son, Caleb, who has been in His presence since May 27, 2018.
Lastly, just wait.
Wait, because one day, this same Jesus will come back to get all of us who believe on Him and love Him. Everyone will see this, no eye left closed, and this will be the end.
This is the whole of Merry Christmas. It is the full story of why we celebrate. Jesus, and all He embodies in promise and love for us, is our peace on earth and our happy in the holidays; ‘Tis the season to be Jolly…. merry measure clothes us when we size it all up against these 4 words that tell it all.
So dear friends and readers – I extend to you all with my words and my art – Merry Christmas to you all. May you understand the whole story and find no excuse not to be Jolly!
See you in the New Year!