Real message of Christmas is not the gifts we give each other

Through the centuries we have celebrated this time of year as the beginning of the Christmas season, a time that we commemorate and celebrate the birth of God’s only son, Jesus Christ.

We cannot control the world and how others view Christmas but as Christians, we can certainly do our part to keep the emphasis on God and his great gift to us, Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Preacher Greg Laurie wrote: “Still, the real message of Christmas is not the gifts that we give to each other. Rather, it is a reminder of the gift that God has given to each of us.”

I must confess though that at times during the Christmas season, God has not been forefront in my mind. Therefore I have tended to ignore the greatest gift- Jesus. I have had those Christmases where my mind was more focused on activity and shopping. I suppose in a way I tried to hide from him at Christmas. He was certainly not in the forefront of my mind.

Hiding from God is not seeing him as the basis of all blessings not only during this Christmas season, but all year long. When our entire focus this season is on planning, decorating, going, doing, eating and socializing, those activities become the most important part of our lives during the Christmas season. Could it be that we all have a tendency to try and hide from God at Christmas?

Sometimes we have gone into debt trying to pull off an excessive Christmas. We put the emphasis of Christmas on “things” rather than God’s gift to us.

At times, I have hidden from God by not including others who need to experience a blessing at Christmas. We can try to hide from God by being too busy. Sometimes during the Christmas season we only accomplish the things we want to do rather than the things that God wants us to do. As result, others miss the example of Christians reaching out to a world who does not know Him.

I am thankful that God did not hide from us. He revealed himself to us and that is why we celebrate Christmas.

God sent his son to earth to grow up among us so that we might have a personal relationship with God. He beckons us all to come to him. He calls us all to fill our lives with joy, purpose, hope, comfort and peace. By having our eyes directly on him, we not only get lasting joy during the Christmas season but benefit from giving him our worries, hurts and frustrations that we have.

The result of drawing near to God is that all the worldly things pale. We are comforted by his wonderful gift to us of his presence and peace.

Even though we might try to ignore God and his son Jesus this Christmas season, we on the other hand cannot hide from God. We cannot conceal things from him, nor can we mask things differently so he does not “get it.” We cannot trick God into thinking that we love him and are committed to him when our actions reveal otherwise. We cannot frame less than the truth in our minds one way and expect God to go along with it.

We can’t hide from God. We may try … but we can’t hide from God any time of the year.

God is infinite (Psalm 90:1-2 and Hebrews 1:8-12). God is eternal (John 8:58). God is beyond our understanding (Job 36:26.) God is all-knowing (Psalm 139:1-6). God is all-powerful (Psalm 18:13-15).

So remember this season Jesus, God’s gift to us. Even though some may not recognize that this season is all about Jesus, he is still there and always will be. No one can hide from God.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:

cbrandon@plateautel.net