taking the words of Jesus seriously

The moment I awoke this morning marked my 75th Christmas. Sometimes it’s hard to believe there have been so many. Recalling memories of my childhood mixed with memories of my own two children on Christmas morning now become mixed with memories o

f watching my grandchildren rip open gifts on Christmas morning. There is a joy about Christmas, a joy that, regardless of how many times you see it repeated, continues to permeate through the day.

However, I am often reminded of a more thorough meaning behind Christmas, even though there is great joy in seeing children’s faces light up as they open gift after gift! Mother Teresa said it best, “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.”

Christ’s incarnation did not come with the intent of bringing forth a holiday. Rather Christ’s incarnation eliminates boundaries and ushers in the “upside down” kingdom. This meaning that those who are last are now first and those who are suffering are comforted and those who are lonely will be with others once again.

Within the incarnation of Christ we are given the ability to love one another because Christ has also loved us. We are given the ability to lend a hand and to comfort.

This Christmas won’t you do one of these things. Won’t you see through the shards of wrapping paper and piles of food to a lonely neighbor or a suffering widow? Won’t you open you mind and realize that there are many around you who are in desperate need of, not only Christ’s love, but more importantly, YOUR love!

May this day be a day of joy and celebration as unto us Christ has been born! Merry Christmas!

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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