Vintage message from December 24, 2000 by Dave Elkins. (There is a gap where the tape was turned over.)
The one perspective that we should be seeing Christmas for, the one thing that Christmas should mean to us is that [which] it means to God the Father: the day that His Son left heaven and came to this earth in the form of a child, into a world that was gross with sin, separated from Him because of our sin. We should be looking at Christmas from the perspective of One Who loved us so very much that He was willing to become One of us…
But the true meaning of Christmas, the perspective that we should see Christmas from is the perspective of a Father, standing in the door of heaven, looking at a world that’s lost, dying, suffering, and see that Child that He lovingly placed in this earth for us, knowing all the cruelty that would come to His Son because of the sin and the issues of sin that we have in our life. That’s what Christmas became for me as I studied God’s Word and I began to realize what Christmas really was. It wasn’t about Jolly Old Saint Nick. It wasn’t about the Christmas tree. It wasn’t about the family time. It wasn’t about having turkey and ham. It wasn’t about all of the things that we tend to think of and do. It wasn’t about swamping the mall and buying Christmas presents. All of a sudden, Christmas was about knowing that Jesus loved me so much that He left His home in heaven, came to this earth, and lived and died for me, and it wasn’t a pretty picture, and it wasn’t a fun time, but it was a time of obedience to His Father.
Pastor Dave Elkins