The Myth and the Merry
In Christmas 2012, the American Atheists posted a large billboard in Times Square New York. It had two pictures: one of Santa Claus and the other of Jesus on the cross. The captions under the pictures were: “Keep the Merry” and “Dump the Myth”. You can guess which caption went with which picture!
I am delighted that this time of the year is set aside to stop and slowdown in so many societies across the world. It is a merry season that is based on truth, not myth. All kinds of traditions have developed over the years to commemorate this time. McCrindle research points out that if every Australian over the age of 15 gave just 3 Christmas cards, the pile would be some 60km tall (with a 1mm thickness per card). This, and several other traditions and symbols were developed to point us to history.
And, this history is certain: the New Testament writers believed they had witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection of the true Messiah. Accepting their witness has brought to every generation unbounded joy.
The gift of Christ is the joy of Christmas. Christians cannot help but rejoice in the coming of our Saviour and our joy is expressed in song. We sing because of his birth, we sing because of his death, we sing because of his resurrection. We sing because we belong to Christ, and this is the time of the year that we celebrate his coming into the world.
We at Toongabbie Anglican Church hope that you have a very happy Christmas this year as we celebrate the coming of our King, Jesus Christ. Indeed, “Joy to the world – the Lord has come!”