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  • Pastor Jim Stultz

Black Friday, Door Buster, and the Greatest Gift


Holiday observances have a way of changing over the years. Christmas songs and Christmas traditions of the past contain things like, yule logs, mistletoe, and holly. They talk about going on a sleigh ride and doing something called wassailing. However, in our current modern age the observance of the Christmas holiday has morphed. New terms have sprung up called: black Friday, door buster, and cyber Monday. These of course emphasize the shopping and commercial side of the holiday, all to get that perfect gift for our loved ones.


Followers of Christ are fighting a continuous battle to maintain that the reason for Christmas is all about the coming of Christ to save us from our sins. However these new secular terms can help us be reminded of our Savior. “Black Friday” was a term that came into use as the point in the holiday shopping season when retailers finally would get in the black financially. However, black Friday reminds us of that black Friday when our Savior went to the cross. We call it Good Friday because it was the event that paid the debt for all of our sins and made it possible for us to become children of God.

Another secular term that has gained popularity is: “door buster”. This of course refers to discounted prices and great deals that supposedly customers will bust through the doors to purchase. However, the most stunning door buster of all time occurred when Jesus rose from the grave on Easter morning.


Gift giving is such a part of Christmas that it is hard to imagine the holiday without it. This should be a powerful reminder that God gave us the greatest gift of all and wrapped His Son in the garments of human flesh. This gift is described in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.


The darkest of black Fridays led to the most amazing door buster, because of the greatest gift. Make sure you have received this gift and made Christ your Savior.