The culture’s manufactured Christmas Spirit includes being good enough to earn our holiday blessing. Kids may lose their presents if they are bad. But if they are good, they will have gifts under the tree.
The other component of this fake Christmas Spirit is by doing good works we automatically become good people. We buy coffee for the person behind us and, suddenly, we become saints.
Both of these proliferated counterfeits of the truth negate our need for a Savior. They are so far from the truth but almost every Christmas song, movie and story reiterates this falsity over and over again.
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5.21 NLT).
However, Jesus is no longer on the naughty list. He now owns the list, and He wants everyone’s name to be written on the redeemed side, which is why His sacrifice is a gift. It is a free blessing given to us who see our need for it. No strings attached. All we have to do is accept it.
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved” (Romans 10.9-10 NLT).