It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joyous memories of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, colder nights, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" in the shopping mall or to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?
For some people, Christmas is not a joyous time but a time of difficulty and sorrow. Extra money to buy presents for children, family, and friends is nowhere to be found or earned. Others are saddened at Christmas time when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Christmas family dinners may be only a wish for some and a painful duty to others.
Yet, Christmas can and should be a season of great joy. Why Christmas? It is a time of God showing us His infinite love by sending His only Son. The unspeakable gift of God’s Son, our Lord and Savior, makes Christmas a time of healing, wholeness and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew that Jesus was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. As the wise men made their trek across the Arabian Desert, the star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the place where God’s Messiah, His special child resided.
Luke 2:4-19 (ESV) says:
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this dark, cruel and harsh world? He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become our crucified Savior and resurrected Lord. His story (history) is one of matchless truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.
Jesus was born so one day the full payment price for our sins could be paid. Christmas is not about everyone else’s sin...it’s about your sin and my sin. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. Through faith in Jesus Christ we are clean and made whole. Through faith in Christ we enter into the one relationship that will never fade or diminish. We become children of God...joint heirs with Christ...saints...citizens of heaven...subjects of God’s eternal kingdom...members of Christ’s body...the bride of Christ...temples of the Holy Spirit...ambassadors of reconciliation...the sheep of the Good Shepherd...co-regents with Christ in His kingdom...justified before the Judge of heaven...and co-laborers in the work of God on earth. Then, if all that is not enough, we know that heaven is the place Jesus promises to prepare for us when this life is over.
Christmas is truly a time to be joy-filled no matter what may be happening in our lives. Christmas means that we are God’s children, made in His image, redeemed by His precious blood, created in Christ Jesus for good works and headed toward eternity in heaven with God. Those are reasons to rejoice!
"Why Christmas? It is a time of God showing us His infinite love by sending His only Son. The unspeakable gift of God’s Son, our Lord and Savior, makes Christmas a time of healing, wholeness and renewed strength."
"He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become our crucified Savior and resurrected Lord. His story (history) is one of matchless truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins."
"Through faith in Christ we enter into the one relationship that will never fade or diminish. We become children of God...joint heirs with Christ...saints...citizens of heaven...subjects of God’s eternal kingdom..."