It’s that time of year. Christmas seems to be in the air. Just this Sunday, my church began a series of services about the “Songs of Christmas.” Music seems to be filling the air, singing out the joys of the Christmas season with many radio stations playing non-stop Christmas carols since Thanksgiving.
For those of us who know Jesus, this is a wondrous, joyful period of celebration. All this music and celebration continually remind us that, as His followers, we are indeed blessed.
It’s important to constantly remind ourselves that the joy of this celebration is not found in a little baby lying in a straw-strewn manger, but in a sinless King, voluntarily dying on a cross to pay for the penalty of man’s sin.
When you were dead in your transgressions…, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt… and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:13–14
The Word of God tells us that those who have personally acknowledged that Jesus died for their sins are washed as white as snow. The stain of our sin has been removed and we’ve been washed clean making it possible for each of us to joyfully sing of a true “White Christmas.”
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
But Christmas isn’t about those songs being played in stores, radios, and electronic devices everywhere. Without understanding their meaning, Christmas carols can be shallow, vapid, and empty. So it’s important to take a moment and think that without Jesus to wash us whiter than snow, we can never have a genuinely “White Christmas.”
Consider this true story of the void found in a false white Christmas.
Lindsay was a young man with an abusive father. It seemed the man’s severity got even worse during the holidays. Lindsay was often given extra chores at the family ranch, and whipped if he didn’t work hard enough. He lived in fear of those beatings, which often drew blood. But even worse were the verbal floggings, the names, the insults, the belittling put-downs that seemed especially harsh at Christmas.
Even with this on-going private abuse, many folks thought Lindsay’s dad was a good guy. In fact, his reputation was respected and celebrated by thousands. In public gatherings it seemed there were always strains of Bing Crosby’s song, “White Christmas” playing in the background. But, for Lindsay, it was never a “White Christmas.” There was no celebration… only pain, strain, and suffering.
The memories of his father’s abuses stayed with him all his life, tormenting him like demons every December. One friend said, “Lindsay was never able to find happiness. He became a hard-drinking, hell-raiser who went from woman to woman and couldn’t find peace or success.”
Later in his life Lindsay wrote, “I hated Christmas because of Pop, and I always will. It brings back the pain and fear I suffered as a child. And if I ever do myself in, it will be at Christmastime. That will show the world what I think of Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas.”
Then finally, at age fifty-one, this sad story ends when Lindsay angrily watched Bing Crosby’s movie “White Christmas” one last time, put a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.”
Bing Crosby’s son, Lindsay, had ended his life without knowing the reality of a true “White Christmas.” To him, the famous song only meant bitterness and black emotions.
Spend a moment praising God that His Son, Jesus Christ, was born in order to live a perfect, sinless life and die a terrible death just to make it possible for you to have all your sins (past, present, and future) washed away and made white as snow.
Rejoice that you and I can realize a totally “White Christmas” because of God’s grace given to us all.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8–9
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, And whose sins have been covered. Romans 4:7
And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; Ephesians 2:17
Joy to the world! Peace, complete forgiveness, and the wonder of being washed white as snow is available to absolutely anyone who thanks God that His Son, Jesus, was born to die and cover the red stain of our sin with the pure white robes of grace!
Now THAT is a “White Christmas” indeed!
Think about it…