Sunday, November 28, 2021

A Different Way of Looking at Christmas


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I’ve always celebrated Christmas as the time of Jesus’ birth. It’s a joyful time—after all, when is the birth of a baby not a reason to celebrate? It’s marked with angel choruses, gifts of the magi, and celebration to end all celebrations.

In contrast, I’ve always approached Easter as a more somber time—certainly a time of ultimate triumph. But one that was preceded by the agony of Jesus on a cross. To me, Easter was when Christ laid down His life for us.

Now I’ve begun to look at things a little differently.

Recently, I challenged by a friend to view Christmas in a new light. She pointed out that His birth on earth was when Jesus left His Heavenly glory.

The more I considered this, the more sharply I saw the contrast of His life in Heaven. I had always looked at Christmas as a gift—which it is—instead of seeing past the present to the sacrifice it must have been. Jesus’ birth truly was the time when He laid down His life for us.

These are my thoughts on what Jesus really sacrificed by coming into this world:
  • He exchanged Heavenly robes for swaddling garments of ragged cloth.
  • He exchanged the chorus of angels praising him day and night with the voices of cattle in a lowly manger.
  • He exchanged the power and authority of being God in Heaven with that of living as a helpless—fully human—baby.
  • He exchanged the protection of angels with the dubious protection of human parents.
  • He exchanged immortality with a life that would end in physical death. (Yes, He was fully resurrected, but He had to go through the process of living to dying to reconcile us with God).
  • He exchanged perfect—intimate—fellowship with God for a relationship with us.
I will never see Christmas the same way again. How about you?

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:6-8

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.

20 comments:

  1. So enjoyed this perspective Ms. Edie. My thoughts, as I read, are that in both cases (CHRISTmas and Easter), we are the gift recipients and Christ the giver. Giving always costs; and like you I suspect, we pray that the price Christ paid has a much higher return of lives given over to Him in the end. God's blessings, and Merry CHRISTmas to you and your wonderful family ma'am.

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  2. What an eye-opening and wonderful way to look at Christmas! Thank you, Edie, for sharing your thoughts and giving me a new way to look at Christmas! Blessings to you on this holy Sabbath, the first day of Advent.

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    1. Edwina, I appreciate the encouragement! Blessings, E

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  3. Wow! Thanks Edie. Great start to this season.
    Jay in SC

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  4. You've challenged us too. One thing I also saw as I read your thoughts was He gave up a perfect body for one that suffered hunger, pains, and fatigue--things He'd never experienced. It's a small thing compared with the others, yet another aspect.

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    1. Ane, what a great addition and insight! Thank you for sharing, blessings, E

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  5. Such a different and wonderful way of looking at Christmas. I appreciate what you wrote. Thank you for giving this message to us.

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    1. Diane, I’m so glad you found it encouraging! Blessings, E

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  6. Wow, beautiful thoughts.
    Perhaps even perfect grace embodied in a human form as an example to us that we, too, can show grace to others if we choose to...? No matter how difficult, by keeping eyes on Him? :)

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    1. So very true! Thanks for sharing, blessings, E

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  7. What a beautiful article. I'll never look at Christmas the same way, either.

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  8. Thank you Edie for sharing this, a wonderful thought for all of us. Blessings.

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  9. Beautiful, Edie. I'd thought of Jesus trading His soveriegnty for complete dependence on his parents for his care. You list added an even deeper level of gratitude for the miracle of Christmas.

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    1. Sherry, thank you for sharing your thoughts! Blessings, E

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  10. Love this. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Dearest Edie,

    I’m always amazed, and encouraged by your spiritual wisdom. Again, you do not disappoint. I hope God wraps his arms around you and comforts you this holiday season.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

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