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by Grant Everly
As Christians we’re always quick to make sure that we don’t forget about the true meaning of Christmas, but sometimes it seems as though we don’t actually think about what the meaning of Christmas is. We recognize that Christmas is about the birth of Christ, but sometimes we really don’t make an attempt to try and grasp the importance of what that means.
Have you ever taken the time to think about what it means that a baby was in a manger over 2,000 years ago? It seems like a no brainer that we would have to consciously make an attempt to think about the meaning of the birth of Jesus, but when I look at my life, and perhaps you can relate, I begin to realize that often times I reduce the coming of our Savior to a nativity scene, and I never really stop to consider what that means. That is not to say that thinking of a nativity scene in regard to Christmas is in any way bad; in fact it’s quite the opposite. It’s just that sometimes, as crazy as it may sound, I feel like we don’t really think about what it means that the eternal Creator and almighty God of the universe stepped out of time so that we might be able to experience a personal and intimate relationship with Him.
It’s certainly astounding when you think about it. Philippians 2:6-8 displays the remarkable nature of Jesus Christ coming into our world when Paul explains that Christ
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
When we take time to dwell on the reality that Paul presents: Christmas becomes much more than a nativity scene made up of plastic figurines. We begin to grasp the truth that Christmas is one of the most significant days in the history of the world, and that through the birth of Christ, we have been given a hope and a way to an intimate relationship with our all powerful Creator.
So as this Christmas season wraps up, and as we look forward to future Christmases, let’s always make sure that we take the time to consider the significance of a baby lying in a manger 2,000 years ago. May we always take the time to recognize that through the baby lying in the manger, we’ve been given the hope of being able to start a personal relationship with our heavenly Father.
Grant Everly is a sophomore at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.