Meditation: The True Meaning of Christmas

I put together a mediation for our Grade 11 speech class on the true meaning of Christmas and I’d post the first part of it.  I focused on Isaiah 9:2,6.

Isa 9:2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
 
 It is Christmas time.  Everyone is busy preparing for the season.  Presents are bought, houses are decorated, Christmas baking is done and overall everything is made ready.   Amid the activities of the season, the true meaning of Christmas often seems to be ignored or forgotten.   This is not just a problem out there, it has affected you and I as well.  Too often, even though we know the true meaning of the Christmas, we put it to the background or bury it under all the other things.   In this meditation I would like to bring the true meaning of Christmas to the forefront of our celebrations, for it is really something to celebrate.  
Even though it is in the Old Testament, Isaiah 9 is an edifying passage to look to discover the true meaning of Christmas, especially verses 2 and 6.  Verse two starts off with, “The people that walked in darkness ….”  Let’s look at this before we go on.  This is a picture of us in the state in which we were born.  We are blind, we live our lives like there is nothing wrong, this is exactly what darkness means, not being able to see our sin and guilt, not seeing that there is something better in life, we can’t even see that we are in darkness and because of this do not want light, this is how corrupt we are.  Every single one of us naturally hates God and his commandments.  In Psalm 14 we read “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”  By nature none of us, whether we are born in or out of the church desire or love God.  Have we realized our depravity, have we come to realize in ourselves there is nothing? That everything in this world we try to get pleasure from is vanity?  If this has not happened in your life, ask the Holy Spirit to show you who you truly are. But the verse continues, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  There is hope for us; God has shone his light upon the people that walked in darkness.  We do not deserve it, we do not ask for it, but in his great mercy, there is light for undeserving sinners. We do not need to walk in the darkness and vanity of this world, for there is a better purpose to live for.   The rest of this verse repeats this and once again emphases the great miracle, “They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”  Is it not amazing God has given light to those that lived in the shadow of death, to those heading to hell, that is to all of us, there is hope. 
What is this light, this hope?  Verse six gives us the answer.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  For this light we must look back 2000 years to find the child that was born to be a light unto darkness.  We must look into a cattle manger in the city of Bethlehem.  Lying there is Christ, the mighty God, lying in a manger in a filthy stable.  The Prince of Peace born in a place not even fit for a human to live.  Why did he come? He came to be a Saviour of sinners.  This is what the angels told the shepherds on the night of Jesus’s birth. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”    Who were these sinners he was born to save?  The verse says Unto us a child is born, we are the sinners to whom he has offered his salvation. For each of us personally there is hope.  Albert Barnes says it well, “The prophet saw in vision the darkness and gloom of the nation, and saw also the son that would be born to remove that darkness, and to enlighten the world.”  And this child was born unto us, undeserving, God-hating, sinners.  He was given to us! What a miracle!

If you would like me to post the second half let me know below.

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