Back in 1966, the hit musical “Mame” was on Broadway. In the play, Mame loses her fortune in the Wall Street crash and decides that the best thing they can do to raise the family’s spirits is to have Christmas come immediately even though the scene takes place a week after Thanksgiving.
Making that point she sings…
“Haul out the holly
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking
We may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet…
And we need a little something
Happy ever after
We need a little Christmas now”
However, it might be that you do not feel that way at all. Maybe you don’t think that you need Christmas! With all the decorating, awkward family gatherings, shopping and traveling and stress, it may well be that you think you would be better off to sleep straight through what many people call “the most wonderful time of the year.”
But in reality, we all need Christmas - not in little but in big ways and here is why…
In Genesis chapter three we read about the tragic results of sin entering the human race. Adam and Eve expected illumination as they sinned, but instead got humiliation. And they introduced sin, guilt and death to the human experience. But listen to what God says as he reacts to that…
15 “And I will put enmity between you (serpent) and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." NIV
We see that God immediately had a plan to remedy our fall. The plan included the offspring of a woman, a special child, who would be the one to win the victory over Satan. Jesus is the one who came to accomplish this plan. That is why we need Christmas!
We do not need more presents, vacations, extra church services, bonuses or decorations. We need Christmas because we all need God to intervene in our lives and change our course. We need Christmas because we need rescue and salvation from the consequences of our sin.
“…you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." NIV
This Christmas while we celebrate that Jesus came, let’s also remember why he came and be “merry” over all the blessing that we have because he was faithful to the plan that brings us hope.