“Dad, which is more important: Christmas or Easter?”
“Umm… well.. both are important. They need each other buddy. Without Christmas, Jesus couldn’t have died to forgive us of our sin. But without Easter we wouldn’t be able to be forgiven.”
“I think Christmas is more important, Dad. If Jesus wasn’t born then he couldn’t have died on the cross for us.”
This is a conversation I had with my seven-year-old son the other day. (He’s a pretty sharp kid. Plus, there’s the whole presents thing going for Christmas!) It’s a debate I know many have had before, and I’m not going to settle the debate, because Christmas and Easter need each other.
Christmas is War
“Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
Christmas was an act of war. War against sinful rebellion against a holy God. War against shallow living for worldly things which will eventually fade away in the landfill. War against suffering and separation from the One who gives peace and hope and joy and love.
In the midst of the tinsel and Christmas lights and wrapping paper, take some time this year to remember the true meaning of Christmas: victory over sin and death.
Christmas is Good News
In the end, God’s plan will succeed. Salvation has been secured through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christmas and Easter are both about the Gospel, the good news of salvation for all peoples.
Christmas is good news. As the angels declared to the shepherds, it is “good news of great joy for all people!” (Luke 2:10).