Monday, November 29, 2010

Leaving Home for Christmas

People like to go home for Christmas. (We're planning on going home to New Brunswick the day after Christmas.) Many of the favorite Christmas songs talk about going home for Christmas.

I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me

Please have snow and mistletoe

And presents on the tree


Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays

'Cause no matter how far away you roam
If you want to be happy in a million ways

For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home!


But Christmas is really about leaving home. That's what Jesus did. Christ traded His throne in heaven for a manger in Bethlehem. He exchanged the praise of angels for the mocking of His enemies. He gave up the glory of heaven for the agony and humiliation of the cross.

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich [spiritually]" (2 Corinthians 8:9).