Yes, you heard me right. “Christmas is for LOSERS!.” Somewhere in the reality of lights, the tree, the Gift, the Joy, the Peace, and all the ultimate truth that surrounds the real meaning of Christmas there is this clear message, “Christmas is for LOSERS.
Listen to the message of the angels to the shepherds. “Unto you this day in the city of David is born a SAVIOR.” The announcement is not that there is born a political genuis, or a great moral teacher, or a new direction leader. A Savior. Someone who will save people. And the angels said “for you” and “for all peoples.”
There are two ways I want to suggest that it is for LOSERS. First of all, we lost the battle with sin and death. THe Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). We were created by God, for God, and our purpose is to glorify God. And to any degree that we do not honor God and give Him glory, we are sinners. We are born not naturally glorifying God. the Bible also says, “The wages of sin is death.” We are all losers in that we are all sinners. We all need a Savior.
Secondly, Jesus said, “If anyone would save his life, he will lose it. But if anyone would lose his life for my sake, he will save it.” So in order to experience salvation in Christ, we must lose our lives to Jesus. We must surrender ourselves to Him. The message of Christmas is that a Savior is born. In order for Him to save us, we must surrender, we must lose our life to Jesus.
At the beginning of this little blog, I said “the gift”, “the tree”. The message of Christmas points to “the tree” that was eredted on Golgotha, the hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified. The “Gift” was God’s gift of Himself, Emmanuel.
Remember that Christmas is not for people who think they don’t need a Savior. Maybe you have felt like a loser because life has crashed and burned around you. Christmas is for you. It is Good News of Great Joy, that a Savior was born. The Gospel of Luke, chapter 2 tells the story. Read it again today. Merry Christmas.