“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.” (Isaiah 9:6).
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.”
Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.” He totally missed the big news – man had flown!
Many people today make a similar mistake when they hear the word ‘Christmas’. They don’t think of Jesus and His miraculous birth. Instead, they think of family gatherings, festive meals, decorations, and gifts. To them, Christmas brings nostalgia and memories of childhood.
Now, all this celebration is not wrong. But if that’s all that Christmas means to us, we are missing its true significance. The true meaning of this special day is summed up in the words of the angels to the shepherds on that night long ago: “I bring you good things of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
That is the big news of Christmas. Make sure you don’t miss it. Sit up and take notice of the true meaning of Christmas, otherwise there is always the danger of keeping Christmas with all its festivities and celebrations, but losing the salvation that Christ.