Wow! Can you believe it!!! Another entire week has flown by!!! There many things during Christmas that bring us joy. As we close the third week of Advent, join me today as we find joy in the symbols of Christmas!!
Today I want to talk to you about finding joy in the symbols of Christmas. I have known some extremist over the years who have said that we should only focus on the birth of Christ during the Christmas season, because “he is the reason for the season.” And that anything else that distracts us from Christ should be thrown out and avoided at all costs. Well, I’m here to say that I disagree with them.
Yes, I believe that Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of our Lord coming to us to save the world from their sins. And I obviously believe that the Advent before Christmas should be used to re-evaluate our lives and repent from straying away from our Lord and to prepare our hearts from his coming in the past as the baby born in Bethlehem, and in the present as the Christ coming into our hearts this Christmas season, and in the future in His Second Coming. But I also feel that we can use the symbols of Christmas to focus on Christ.
The Christmas tree is one of the greatest Christmas symbols that we can use to find the joy of Christmas while still pointing the way to Christ. Many say that the tree itself reminds us of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden from which Adam and Eve ate of its fruit and sin entered the world. But not to stop there, the tree also reminds us of the joy of salvation that we find in the tree upon which the Savior was crucified. Being that the Christmas tree are evergreen we are reminded of the eternal life that Christ has given us as a free gift through is sacrifice on the cross. The Christmas lights can remind us of how we are “the light of the world” and Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” As for the ornaments, they can remind us that Jesus said, “You shall know them by their fruits.” Just as the ornaments on the tree are beautiful so should the “fruit” of our lives be beautiful. And the “fruit of our lives” should mirror the fruits of the Holy Spirit such as kindness to those around us, unconditional love, peace towards all mankind, faithfulness, and more. And finally last but not least, the gifts placed under the tree remind us again of the greatest gift that was given through a tree. Christ’s death on the cross was the greatest gift to mankind.
And we find the joy of Christmas in another symbol of the season….perhaps the greatest and most important symbol of Christmas—the Nativity scene. One of the greatest treasures of Christmas is the Nativity Scene which points to the birth of our Savior that night in Bethlehem. The Nativity Scene reminds of the joy and love which was alive the night Christ was born. With Mary and Joseph kneeling beside Jesus and the shepherds there with their flock and the wise men coming from afar and the angel of the Lord in the night sky, how can we forget the wonderful joy that came on that blessed night?
Know that I only had time to write about two of the symbols of Christmas. But you can find Christ in almost every symbol of Christmas from Santa Claus who reminds us of the spirit of giving, to baking cookies with your children and sharing the joy of family time. This last days of Advent be sure to find the joy in the symbols of Christmas.