Read the above sentence again. Slowly. Carefully. Note the date of the article in which this dire warning is placed…
So, a couple of things:
- On Veterans Day, November 11th, this was the primary story featured on the above website, which was picked up by a multitude of other “news” organizations and social media outlets.
- Veterans Day. Really? What could be more important than honoring the men and women who have served in our nation’s military?
- Additionally – of far more importance than the above heading – November 11 marked the 103rd anniversary of Armistice Day, the date the Germans signed the treaty to end World War I. That took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
- One imagines new retellings of “The Grinch” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” featuring ominous pictures and music highlighting massive container ships languishing off the coast of California. In addition, charts/graphs highlighting the trucker shortage and inflation spike would be prominent.
- One also imagines weeping and sobbing children lying around the Christmas tree, distraught at not having received exactly what they wanted – i.e., a new iPad, a new $1,200 phone or laptap, an 80” 8K flatscreen television. Instead, they’re stuck with having to “enjoy” one another’s presence as their best “Christmas” present.
- Here’s another horror: there’s a Santa shortage! The labor crunch has even impacted the number of Santas available to continue the illusion of jolly and fitness-challenged St. Nick with his bottomless bag of gifts and patience and mirth.
So, can you “save” Christmas? Does Christmas need saving?
Christmas doesn’t need to be “saved.” The Greatest Gift has already been given. It is indescribable, yet can be named in just one word/name: Jesus.
Jesus saves us. Jesus saves the world. From sin, death, hell, and Satan.
Friends, Christmas doesn’t need saving. Christmas, through the indescribable Gift of Jesus, saves us!
From Jesus we receive one blessing after another (John 1:16), one gift after another: forgiveness, life with God, and countless spiritual blessings.
As you gather with loved ones in person or virtually and as you remember loved ones no longer here, please remember Christmas doesn’t need saving. The Christ of Christmas has already saved you!
Glory to God in the highest!
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand