It’s easy to get so wrapped up in Christmas that we lose sight of Christmas. But have you ever thought about the alternative – the alternative to Christmas? Christmas comes every December 25th, and we may not stop to think about how things would be without Christmas. I am not talking about the absence of all the holiday decor, gifts and gatherings. I am asking if you have ever thought about what things would be like if the first Christmas never came – if God had not sent Jesus into the world.
So what is the alternative to Christmas? An empty manger. As I have been thinking about this over the past few days, it is impossible for me to grasp an empty manger. What a dark, desolate place this would be. Without the birth of the sweet baby Jesus, there would have been no death on the cross. Without the death on the cross, we would be forever in bondage to our sin. We would be bound by the law with no savior. We would live our days on this earth knowing that our eternity would be spent in the depths below earth where “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12) would accompany us. When I think of the alternative, it makes Christmas that much sweeter. How grateful beyond measure we should be that our reality is not the alternative.
Don’t allow this wonderful Christmas Day to escape without reading the story of the Birth of Jesus found in Luke 2:1-20. Now take a minute to soak in the miraculous wonder this story brings.
On this Christmas Day, may you recognize the alternative, and may you give thanks that we each have the opportunity to escape it.
From our home to yours, may you and yours have a Merry Christmas!