Slow down, make Christmas simple with the gift of Jesus

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Well it’s that time of year again; the season of our Savior’s birth. Christmas is a time of shopping, parties, plays and dinners with family and friends. Wow! What a busy season!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I come out of Christmas worn out. Is it possible that in all the busyness during this time, we’ve developed a rushed and complex approach to Christmas? It’s possible that in our push to do all that we do, we find ourselves not only exhausted, but also somewhat empty on the inside.

I believe the answer to rectify this problem is simple. Yes, I mean this thing called Christmas is really simple. God saw the need to redeem mankind from the sinful nature and restore them to fellowship with Him. What did He do? He sent a baby. Not an ordinary baby, one born of a virgin. A baby that would redeem mankind. Is it that simple? Man’s dream to be reconnected to God, through a baby, born in a simple stable, in a simple manger, with regular, simple parents surrounded by simple animals. Was there a great celebration in the world about this simple baby? Only in the eyes of three wise men and shepherds approached by angels to announce His birth.

Nowadays, Christmas is so complex and overwhelming. But that first Christmas was very simple. God saw a need and filled it with His greatest gift. He gave us His Son, Jesus, Emmanuel, which means God is with us.

Most people missed the simplicity of Christ’s birth. Most people today miss the true meaning of Christmas-a time to give to others that can’t give back and a time to honor and worship our King Jesus, who eventually grew up and went to a simple cross to pay our debt for sin.

Jesus is the answer for all our troubles and woes. Jesus is the reason for the season. We must slow down and look for ways to bless and help each other. “Well,” you say, “that’s good and fine but I need help myself.” It’s been a tough year for a lot of people and you might be one of them, but God says it’s better to give than to receive. You might not have extra money, but you have some time for a smile, a phone call, a letter or e-mail or maybe time for a visit.

It’s not the cost of a gift; it’s the meaning behind the gift. Many people are looking for the true meaning of Christmas. Lights and trees all have a place in this season, but there’s a place in us that can only be filled by the simple answer of Jesus Christ. It all starts with you and me putting our trust into the greatest gift of our “Simply Jesus.” Then we can give Him to others with love, blessings, friendship, and just time and concern.

Please slow down and make Christmas simple again. Let God lead you to simply make the best Christmas ever.


The Rev. Pat Butcher is pastor of the Family Worship Center in Carrollton, Ky.