What are we REALLY saying?

Many of you know that some stores are announcing yet again that they will not be using the words ‘Merry Christmas’ and I have read some thoughts from different readers and commenters on a variety of blogs and message boards. The more I read, the more grieved I became. Not at the comments of those not wanting to say Merry Christmas and those companies, but rather the words of fellow Christians. Christians who comment and say, “Well there ARE other holidays in December besides Christ’s birth.” I left my computer and took some silent time in my room with the Lord. I sat in confusion and shock at those comments. I then began to cry.

O Lord, it is YOUR birthday, YOU created the world by your very word, YOU allowed your Son to come to earth and DIE for us. Although other beliefs have chosen to celebrate ‘their’ deity the same month that we celebrate your birth doesn’t change the fact that Jesus IS the reason for the season!

Genesis 1

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

It’s always been about you Lord. What can I do for you?

It was then that His Holy Spirit whispered in my heart, ‘Celebrate and share my good news.’

Matthew 28
16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What are we really saying when we tell someone, ‘Merry Christmas’? Are we expressing our hearts desire to greet them with happiness for their families during this time of year? Or are we sharing Christ’s birth with them? How do we say it? Are we looking into their eyes and saying ‘Merry Christmas’ with the hopes of them being touched by HOW we say it and that we really mean something?

John 4
28The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

When this woman believed on the Lord at the well, she did not tip toe around her village people with short generic comments, she spoke right up about Christ. So much so that they came to him immediately! This woman was not a religious leader she was a woman who had not even lived in a manner that pleased God. Yet, she was compelled to share Christ with others.

Has there ever been a time when you read about something or someone told you about something that made the hair on your arm stand up, you get goose bumps, and you KNOW there was something truly magical and miraculous about what you read or heard? Read what happened to these two wonderful ladies when they came together.

Luke 1

39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

I can only imagine what this was like for these two women. Let’s paraphrase this in modern times shall we? (With the utmost respect to the Lord’s Word of course)

As Mary was coming to see her cousin, it was right after she learned that she would give birth to the Son of God. Can you remember how exciting it was when you wanted to share your positive pregnancy test with your dearest friend? Now when Elisabeth heard that it was Mary’s voice, she KNEW something magical and miraculous had occurred. Her very own babe leaped in her womb. I wonder if it was like when we get those butterflies in our belly indicating to us that something very special has been shared.

Elisabeth then spoke in a LOUD voice that must have been her excitement! Can you remember what it was like when you shared your good news of being with child to your friends? You know the excited screeching and squealing of “YEAH!!!” The tears in the eyes of those who love you when they heard your wonderful news!

Elisabeth certainly was excited for Mary, but not only for Mary, but for the entire world as she realized that the Messiah was FINALLY coming! The Lord that they have all heard about, hoped for, and prayed for! He is finally coming and WE get to have Him in our very own family! You know how exciting it is when your friend tells YOU first, that she is with child! What an honor to know YOU were the first to know! I can’t even begin to fathom how exciting this was for Elisabeth. Mary and Elisabeth then stayed together for THREE whole months!

Luke 1
6 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Elisabeth spoke to Mary and shared her faith with her.

42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

During the time they were together, Mary testified of the coming Messiah with her family.

46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

When we say ‘Merry Christmas’, are we testifying of our Lord, our Savior, our Messiah? When we express our joy about this season of Christ’s birth with someone, do they get that ‘feeling’ that we enjoy Christmas in a very special way? Is His Holy Spirit leaping within our souls desiring to speak to those around us about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Are we sharing God’s love, blessings, and our relationship with those around us?

Mary spoke to her family about His goodness, about her personal relationship with God, about His mercy, and about how He reached down into her soul and established a close, personal, intimate relationship with her.

Luke 1
38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

She responded to the Lord in obedience and faith. The Angel of the Lord spoke His will for her life and she responded with a positive act of faith in following His will for her life and she went immediately to her cousin Elisabeth to share her news.

Are we truly sharing His news this Christmas Season? Are we tip toeing around the subject in fear of ‘offending’ someone? Why do we fear sharing Christ with others? The promise that He gives is of eternal life! Would we be afraid to share a million dollars with someone? If we had free tickets to Disney World to give away to anyone we wanted would we hesitate? How much more worthy is the gift of salvation?

I pray you will have true Merry Christmas and we can all share those wonderful words with others. Share your greeting of ‘Merry Christmas’ and pray for opportunities to share about the Promised Messiah with those you meet each day this season.

Allow the genuine Spirit of Christmas to permeate from your soul as your share His love with those you come in contact with. I pray that as your continue with your plans, shopping, baking, and celebrations, that you will come back and let me know how the Spirit of Christmas is using you to share God’s love with others.

I long to hear a story similar to that which Mary shared with Elisabeth, that the Messiah has come. Share with others how Christ has changed your life and how He can change theirs too.

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{ Angie } at: December 14, 2007 at 4:28 AM said...

What a beautiful exhortation! I have been tempted to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Thank you for helping to keep me on track. I'll be linking to this post. Surely others need to hear this. Merry Christmas in the truest sense of the phrase!

{ MandyMom.com } at: December 14, 2007 at 8:07 AM said...

Wonderful, wonderful. Thank you for spending time with the Lord and listening to Him so you could share this message of His with us!

{ Susan Kelly Skitt } at: December 14, 2007 at 8:08 AM said...

Yes, Jesus is the reason we celebrate this season! May all of us have that same spirit of proclaiming Christ all the year through :)

{ Gardener Greg } at: December 14, 2007 at 8:45 AM said...

Very well said. I just looked at all the "Christmas" Cards I received at work this year and not one of them had the word "Christmas" on them. They are all Happy Hoiliday and Wishes for a great season, etc etc. They are afraid to offend me by saying Merry Christmas. I on the other hand greet everyone with a Hearty Merry Christmas and the cards we send say the words Merry Christmas on them. If someone is offended by that then they really don't understand what Christ is all about.

Great Post

{ Wanda } at: December 14, 2007 at 5:12 PM said...

Yes dear sister, there are those of us that feel just like you, and you have said it so well. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more our hearts yearn to share our story! God Bless!

{ Sidharth } at: December 14, 2007 at 6:48 PM said...

Amen, Lisa!

There are a lot of discussions on when Christ was born and whether Christmas is a pagan celebration.

These same people take great effort to celebrate their own birthdays but when it comes to the Lord's they put on religious air.

For me, Christmas is a time I get to share the Gospel the most. =)

Bless you!


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