Our society is notorious for commercializing Christmas.
But despite all the Griswoldian lighting displays, shopping mall Santas, ubiquitous snowmen, and great big shiny aluminum Christmas trees, Jesus still manages to be at the center of it all.
Despite attempts to be more inclusive and more politically correct, "Happy Holidays" has not replaced "Merry Christmas."
Yes Virginia, Christmas is still about Christ.
Christmas still glows and shines and warms people's hearts. Christmas still reminds us that God loved us so much, He sent His one and only Son to be born in a stable, wrapped in swaddling cloths, and laid in a manger.
Christmas still shows us that humility and undying love are still triumphant on this silent, holy night when glory streams from heaven afar and heavenly hosts sing "Alleluia!"
Christmas still reminds us that this child, this offspring of a virgin's womb, this Godhead veiled in flesh, this incarnate deity, this Jesus, still reconciles God and sinners.
The King of Kings still brings salvation, and loving hearts still enthrone him. This, this is still Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
He still rules the world with truth and grace and He still makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness. And yes, the wonders of His love are still with us.
The bells still peal so loud and deep, God is not dead nor does He sleep, the wrong shall still fail, the right shall still prevail, with peace on earth good will to men.
Yes, across the ages we still hear the Christmas angels tell, He has still come to abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel.
We still experience the thrill of hope, the weary world still rejoices, and yonder still breaks a new and glorious morn. We are still drawn to fall on our knees on this, the night that is still the night divine.
And those words from Luke 2:11 are still the greatest, most glorious, most incredible and earth-shattering world-changing proclamation ever spoken over this fallen and broken world: