Christmas and Easter
"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" John 1:14.
"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 through his poverty we might become rich" II Corinthians 8:9.
The reason that Grand Rapids Christian Middle School exists-beyond providing an excellent education to your children-is to fully incorporate our Christian faith into everything that we do and teach and to impact students' lives for how they use their gifts in and understand their place in building God's Kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven." Similarly, Christmas celebrations without a focus on "Christ"-both the gift of the baby in the manger but also the reality that this very child came to give His life for us-are truly meaningless.
As the Apostle Paul reminds us-if Christ did not come to die for us-our faith is worthless:
"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive!" I Corinthians 15: 17 - 22.
And how could Christ rise from the dead if He did not first come to us as the baby in the manger?
The starting point matters. For both our Christian school and in this Christmas season, who we are in Christ and what we celebrate in His birth, life, death, and resurrection are everything for us. May we and our children never lose focus on our true focus for celebrating and praising God in this Christmas season.