What is the real reason for the season? There are so many answers to that question. If you were to ask a Christian, they would say Jesus. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of our Lord. And that’s true! But it means so much more than that.
All month long we’ve looked at this phrase “Peace on Earth” and what it really means. We’ve gone deep into peace with God, peace with each other, and peace no matter what. We’ve even looked at how Jesus is our Prince of Peace, winning the victory over sin and shame for us.
But what does peace really mean? And what is the real reason for the season?
True peace doesn’t come from loading your tree down with presents and your credit down with charges.
True peace doesn’t come from finally achieving the perfect family picture.
Ture peace doesn’t come from having all your boxes checked off.
True peace only comes from Jesus.
And here’s where we get into the real reason for the season. How does Jesus secure peace for us? It’s only on the cross.
Through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
The real reason for the season is the cross. Not a manger, not a stable, not all the camels and cows and donkeys. It’s not the angels, but what they said that matters most. “Peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” And he was pleased to give us his son, on the first Christmas and on the first Easter.
You see, Christmas only makes sense through the lens of Easter. And the manger only makes sense when we look at it through the cross. It was on the cross that Jesus defeated death for us, overcame the world for us, conquered our sins for us, and put our shame to shame. He has made peace with us and for us through his own blood on the cross. Christmas is a story out of context when we forget that.
Maybe we need to update our nativity sets. Maybe we need to add another symbol alongside the star, the angel, the hay and the stable. Maybe we need a cross. Either way, we need to always remember that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and give his life for us. He came, not to be a baby in a manger but to be a lamb slain on a cross. He was born to die for us. And in that death, we have eternal life.
That’s the real reason for the season.