On Tuesday, I began a series of posts to analyze those little sayings that Christians have and determine if they truly are biblical. Today, with the Christmas season just past, I figured we would look at a saying that I’m sure you’ve heard a lot recently:
“Jesus is the reason for the season.”
At first glance, my only thought on this saying was that it was all too easy to repeat – probably more so than any other sayings that we have. When it comes down to it, this sentence probably makes more hypocrites come Christmas than any other time of the year. It’s easy to say, sounds nice, and makes it all too simple for us to give the appearance of focusing on Christ, when we’re actually focusing on family or giving (or whatever else you can fill in the blank with). I realized this when a friend told me that her church moved Sunday morning worship to Saturday morning this past weekend, so that families could be together on Christmas morning. It sounded logical at first, but then I began asking myself, “If we’re really making this day all about Jesus, wouldn’t we want to begin it in His house?”
So in the end, this saying is all too easy to repeat without truly considering what it means or allowing it to make a difference in our lives. If we’re going to say it, we need to live it without any excuses.
But that’s not all. The truth is, the world has a lot of reasons for the season – it isn’t even technically Jesus’ birthday and it’s origins get a little iffy. And while there is nothing wrong with remembering our Savior’s birth at this time, what we must remember is that Jesus is the true reason for everything, not simply the holidays.
“…All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:16-17
What are your thoughts on this saying?
Are there any sayings that you would like to be included in this series? Let me know!