When you think of Christmas what do you think of? The Christmas trees? Carolers? Presents? Angels? Cookies? How about Santa Claus and the reindeer? Maybe the Nativity display? All of these things are definitely part of the Christmas season. However oftentimes in the holiday hubbub we miss the real reason for the season: God’s love for us expressed in the form of a little baby from Bethlehem.
The human conception of love seems to be quite different than God’s. To people love is often a matter of convenience or preferences. When it is no longer convenient to love someone, people stop loving others. We see this all over the place today. Too much involvement in their children’s lives can be inconvenient for parents and so children are often pawned off to public schools for their education, to the church for their spiritual development, and to daycare and babysitters for their parents’ convenience. People do not care for each other and so there is poverty. It becomes inconvenient to care for babies, and so they are aborted. Unthinkably to me, many people today even find it inconvenient to care for one’s partner when it hurts or becomes hard, and so divorce rates are as high as 50%.
Sadly, humans often simply give up on those they claim to “love” when it hurts, or even more sadly when it no longer suits them. God’s love however is much different than this. God’s love is a kind of love that continues even if we reject Him or hurt Him or even kill Him. It’s a love that never gives up on us, even when we give up on God. That kind of love is the reason Jesus was born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. And that is the reason for the season, the reason we celebrate Christmas.