Christmas is Costly

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

My friend, Dr. Bob Anderson, gave me a handwritten piece one Christmas that touched my heart deeply. He entitled it “Christmas Is Costly.”  Listen to what he wrote: 

It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a long period of exile in Egypt to protect the little babe.

It cost mothers in and around Bethlehem the massacre of their babies by the cruel order of Herod.

It cost the shepherds the complacency of their shepherd’s life with the call to the manger and then to tell the good news.

It cost the wise men a long journey and expensive gifts and changed lives.

It cost missionaries of Christ untold suffering and privation to spread the Good News.

It cost Christian martyrs, in all ages, their lives for Christ’s sake.

And more than all this, it cost God the Father His own Son. He sent Him to earth to save mankind.

It cost Jesus a life of sacrifice and service, a death on a cross, cruel and unmatched in history.

“Is Christmas too costly?”

And the answer is: 

It is too costly if all that it means is gift exchanges.

It is too costly if all that it means is millions spent in the commercialization of Christmas.

It is too costly if all that it means is a happy holiday.

But it isn’t too costly if it means the hope of the world, if it means the forgiveness of sin, if it means joyous singing, if it means peace among mankind.

Does Christmas cost you enough? To realize what Christmas is, it costs you simply saying yes to our Lord.

Have a Merry Christmas and keep moving forward!