What if Jesus Isn’t the Reason for the Season?

Years ago, while walking into a dry cleaner during December, I noticed a poster in the window that read, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!”

While I understand the motive behind such a statement to be a challenge to the commercialization of the season and a focus on music, parties, lights, gifts, TV specials, mistletoe, and eggnog, rather than a focus on Jesus, if we apply a bit of biblical theology, we can see how Jesus really isn’t the reason for the season.

Yes, Jesus is the focus of the season. But he isn’t the reason.

I am the reason. And so are you.

The Bible tells us that the reason Jesus was born was to save his people from their sins. In fact, this is what the name, Jesus, means– “the Lord Saves.”

4But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4-5

If we had not been sinners in need of rescue, then Jesus would not have had to be born in order to die as our sin substitute.

This means that the reason for Christmas is my sin–my need for redemption and reconciliation with God.

Jesus is the undisputed focus of Christmas and our greatest gift. He is to be celebrated, worshipped, and adored as our Hero-Savior-King!

But let’s not forget the reason for Christmas.