Christmas Comes Two Times a Year
Being December, this may seem odd to focus on the other
crucial Christian holiday.
Why bring up Easter when the halls are decked with holly and
visions of sugar plums are dancing through our heads? It’s a
good question, but if I were to ask, “Which is the most
important Christian holiday?” what do you think most people
It’s quite obvious that out of the two holidays, Christmas gets
top billing. The minute Halloween is over, Christmas steps in,
and we’re inundated with commercials, Christmas shows, and
movies, festive decorations, Christmas gift ideas, and
ultimately an anxiety-induced countdown to the holiday. For
two solid months, it’s all anyone thinks or talks about.
Easter, on the other hand, gets one weekend, and then we’re
on to the next thing.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that the birth of
Christ is not monumental or critical to our faith and daily lives.
It is. His birth ushered in a whole new way of believing. But
it’s not the pivotal moment of Christianity. Easter is.
I read it this way once in a sermon featured on the
Christianity.com: “If Easter had not happened, Christmas
would have no meaning. If the tomb is not empty, the cradle
makes no difference. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then
he really is just a misguided Jewish rabbi with delusions of
grandeur. If Easter is not true, then Christmas is only the story
of an obscure baby born in an out-of-the-way village in a
forgotten land 2000 years ago. It is Easter that gives Christmas
Without the resurrection, there would be no Christianity. Read
the New Testament, and you’ll notice that when the first
Christians preach, they don’t mention the events that
transpired in Bethlehem; rather, they focus on the empty tomb
in Jerusalem. Why? Because it’s Christ’s death and resurrection
that gives us everlasting life with God. It is the point of Christ’s
birth and life on Earth. It is behind the very purpose of his
death. He died to give you and me life.
Another salient point: Although Christmas is all about gift-giving,
we did not receive the most incredible gift until Easter,
thus the reason I entitled this post “Christmas Comes Two
Times a Year.” Jesus’ death marks the moment when we are
offered the only gift with ongoing meaning: eternal life after
So, although it is Christmas, we must remember the reason for
the season. Jesus died. He died for you, rose from the dead,
and has extended the invitation for you to do the same. Do
you accept His invitation?