It is often said at Christmas time, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” This is a statement that is meant to help us keep our focus on Christ and not get wrapped up (no pun intended) in all of the commercialized activities of Christmas. It is so easy for us to get focused on gift-buying, party-planning, and dessert-baking that we lose sight of the Advent of Christ altogether. In fact, a Dec. 6, 2018 article on Fox News Live (Holidays stress out 88% of Americans) says that an overwhelming number of Americans have anything but Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy during the Christmas Season. With that in mind, it seems like a great reminder: “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
However, that is not what was on the lips of the angel, at the proclamation of the birth of Jesus.
Luke 2:8–12 (CSB)
8In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
The angel proclaimed the “YOU” are the reason for the season! Jesus was born for you. And Jesus was born to die for you. That is the reason He came – for “ALL” people.
May we all remember that, while we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, He came for your sake. He left heaven to be born in the most humble of places so that He could be your substitutionary atonement – to die on the cross for you.
So perhaps it’s best to say, “We are the Reason for the Season!”