You see the intense commercial activity and indulgent excess that occurs at Christmas. Have you ever heard people lament about this and express a desire to return to the true meaning of Christmas? Have you ever said this yourself?
The story of my birth is a part of the narrative of the whole gospel message. Therefore the true meaning of Christmas doesn’t point to a baby in a manger but to the cross on Calvary. It was for this purpose that I came into the world, and the story is incomplete if it ends with a baby. The cross is more offensive than the infant but it addresses the real need of humanity, for it is the message of the gospel of salvation.