Speaking the Truth in Love

The Reason for Everything

Image result for jesus is the reason for the seasonDuring the holidays the message that “Jesus is the reason for the season” appears everywhere. It’s on greeting cards, Christmas tree ornaments, church signs, and so on. The idea, of course, is that Christmas mustn’t lose its spiritual significance in the mad rush to shop, decorate, and plan parties. The birth of Jesus is the wonderful event that gives Christmas its meaning.

Image result for colosians 1:16-17Really, though, Jesus is the reason for every season. John says that “all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was
made” (John 1:3). Paul adds that in Jesus “all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17). If
Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, then he is the reason for everything.

This, in part, explains why Christians committed to New Testament teaching are reluctant to spend one month of every year celebrating the birth of Christ. Do we lack gratitude for the Lord’s coming into the world? No. But we think of the Lord’s birth as only one incredible thing in a long list of divine wonders.

Yes, Jesus is the reason for this season. Why wouldn’t he be? He is the source of life in winter, summer, spring, and fall. May every creature in heaven and on earth worship his holy name—on December 25, January 25, and every other day on the calendar!Image result for jesus at the cross

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