As many of my friends know, I'm a huge fan of southern gospel music. The Cathedrals are my all-time favorite quartet, and Dianne Wilkinson wrote some of their most popular songs, such as "Boundless Love" and "We Shall See Jesus". Needless to say, I was struck by the irony of the situation. I had a nationally-known gospel songwriter within the four walls of my church - a woman who had written some of my favorite songs for my favorite quartet - and I didn't even know who she was!
More than two thousand years ago, something even more ironic happened. A baby was born in Bethlehem that was unlike any other baby the world had seen before, or ever would see again. He was none other than God Almighty in human flesh, yet when He came into the world, most people had no idea who He was. When He grew to manhood, in fact, many people came to hate Him, and they ultimately put Him to death. However, He got the last laugh three days later when He rose from the dead.
Today most people still have no idea who Jesus Christ really is. Many people who call themselves Christians have no idea who He really is. They think of Him as a great teacher or prophet who lived long ago. Many even call Him the "Son of God", but they have no idea what that really means. Many others are downright hostile to Him. We see this in the annual "Christmas wars" in which people try to shut Jesus out of His own birthday (Yes, I'm aware that Jesus was probably not actually born on December 25. However, that day has been observed as His birthday for many centuries, so my point still stands.) Trying to shut Jesus out of Christmas is like trying to shut America out of the Fourth of July.
Someday Jesus will return, and then everyone will know who He is. The Bible says every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. The question is, do YOU know who Jesus really is? More importantly, have you committed your life to Him as your personal Lord and Savior? As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us remember what we are celebrating. We are not merely commemorating the birth of a great hero. We are celebrating the fact that God sent His own Son to this earth so that we might receive forgiveness and eternal life.