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Published:December 26th, 2007 13:51 EST
Christmas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Christmas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Garrett Godwin

As the song goes, Christmas is supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year". However, according to Andrew Baligian of Shiloh (www.shilohministries.net), a ministry for 20-somethings that takes place every Sunday night at Highland Park Baptist Church in Southfield, Michigan, Christmas is also the busiest time of year due to shopping for gifts, festivities, and so on. 

What is Christmas all about?  Jesus - Matthew 2:1

Christmas is the opportunity for men and women everywhere to search for Jesus Christ.  But somewhere along the way, Bali said, we got lost because it is more about church than a relationship with Jesus, who is also called Immanuel, which means "God with us".

Christmas is also the opportunity for men and women everywhere to worship Jesus.  When we think of worship, we think musically, but we can also worship God through honor and respect of His divinity as well as character. 

Worship is Greek for being a living sacrifice -- dedicating our entire lives to God - Romans 12:1

Worship should be our life, because all that we are, all that we have, belongs to God.

In his sermon entitled, "The Ugliness of Christmas" on Sunday at Christ Church, also in Southfield, Reverend Armand Collins states that Christmas does have a dark side due to human sinfulness.  Through sin, we demonstrate both our rejection and hatred of Jesus.

In Matthew 2:1-20, King Herod planned to murder the baby Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem and would one day be King of Kings. 

Like Herod, stated the pastor, our hearts are hardened by sin, denying the light known as Jesus Christ.  Our pride and power are threatened by Jesus` divine power and reign, and humility.  Once we accept Jesus into our lives, it`s not about us anymore.  Now, it is all about Jesus.

How can God be so close to us, when we are so far from Him?

To understand Christmas, we must take the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Christmas is about joy and beauty, but also about ugliness and suffering.  It is about how God intervened to do something about it, as He sets out on a divine mission to redeemed suffering sinners and save their souls.

The Christmas story, though ugly, is about grace, life, and salvation: the birth of a Savior named Jesus the Christ and the beginning of both our redemption and eternal life for us named the world.