A student with a Santa’s cap is seated at home alone. With him are a set of cold Jollibee spaghetti and a burger yum. Before him on the table beside a neatly wrapped gift from his parents, staring at a blank laptop. He is waiting for the virtual Christmas party to start anytime soon. And then finally, lifting up his bored countenance, the teacher shows up greeting everyone Merry Christmas. She then starts recollecting how the half of the school year had so far been. After quite a while, she orders everyone to start eating their food which is followed by the opening of gifts.
This scenario depicts the new normal school Christmas party. This is how pandemic Christmas is. This is rather a lonely Christmas. But in all its essence, is Christmas supposed to be canceled? Pandemic Christmas
The Christmas Celebration
It is important to acknowledge that some Christian denominations condemn the celebration of Christmas saying it is not biblical. They are partly right. In the Bible, we could never find any encouragement to celebrate the birth of Christ. As a matter of fact, what we were commanded to celebrate until He comes is his very death.
In addition to that, theologians who studied the circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ have concluded that it could have been somewhere during the summertime or until late September but never in December. But since His coming to earth to die on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins and to give us eternal life had been ushered in by his very birth, I think those of us who benefit from his death should make the best sense of celebrating His birth.
The Essence of the Birth of Christ
Jesus had to take the form of a human and a human servant. He did this just so that He could reach out to the lost souls and bring them back to the Father. Because of love the Father gave his most precious possession which is Son Jesus Christ. This way, whoever receives him and believes in his name could be given the right to become his children. Pandemic Christmas
If Christmas to you is merely about food, gift-exchange, and a whole lot of social extravagance, then sadly this year’s Christmas has to be canceled. However, if Christmas to you means remembering how “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…, and his name shall be called wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of peace”, just to gift us with everlasting life, then the Christmas hasn’t got to be canceled.
As a matter of fact, this could be the most meaningful Christmas you can ever have as you celebrate the reason for the season — Jesus Christ!