So, what is the significance of Christmas to you?
Traditionally, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Thousands of Christian churches hold special services that retell the Christmas story with events leading up to Jesus’ birth, and then his appearing as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. The story is powerful and full of spiritual meaning and promise.
But there’s more.
Christmas signifies what God brought to humanity through Jesus Christ and endures forever. Christian healing! The advent of Christian healing is the blessing of Christmas that gives us even more reason to celebrate today.
In referring to how Christ is manifested to humanity according to the needs of the age, Mary Baker Eddy wrote,
“In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity’s needs. In this age it assumes, more intelligently than ever before, the form of Christian healing. This is the babe we are to cherish. This is the babe that twines its loving arms about the neck of omnipotence, and calls forth infinite care from His loving heart.” Miscellaneous Writings, p. 370.
Christmas is much more than a holiday rehearsing a historical event. Christmas is a living power at work within. It’s Christ bringing us salvation from sin, disease and death and leading the way to heaven.
Now that’s an event worth celebrating.