The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth.
Nearly 800 years before the birth of Jesus, the Prophet Isaiah described exactly what the Messiah would do when He came. “ Surely our grief He Himself bore and our sorrows He carried.” (Isaiah 53:4) .Not only did Jesus come to take our sins to the cross, but He also came to relieve you of everything in life that has caused you to sorrow and grieve. Jesus took those emotions to the cross and died for them so that you could live in joy!
What happened that day?
You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, 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 this was no ordinary baby.
The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.
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, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of ” Merry Christmas ” to those who pass us in the streets?
Is this really Christmas?
For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmas time when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.
Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born.
Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world?He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.
How can we keep Christ in Christmas?
Give God one very special gift just from you to him:
Let this gift be something personal that no one else needs to know about, and let it be a sacrifice.
Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you’ve needed to forgive for a long time. You may discover that you’ve given a gift back to yourself.
Perhaps your gift will be to commit to spending time with God daily. Or maybe there is something God has asked you to give up. Make this your most important gift of the season.
Jesus taught us to serve by washing the disciples’ feet. He also taught us that it is ” More blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (NIV) The idea of giving an unexpected gift of service to members of your family is to demonstrate Christ-like love and service. Make it personal and meaningful and watch the blessings multiply.
Christmas has given to all mankind the possibility of experiencing heaven’s joy while living on earth.
When Jesus came to earth, He paved the way for joy straight into your heart!
As you now contemplate New Year’s resolutions and plans that will encompass the 365 days to come, will you recommit yourself to be used by God?
Joy! To Your World! Jesus has come for everyone of us. He looks for you and loves you.
CHRISTMAS is all about CHRIST!