The Christmas decorations are out, and holiday music fills the air. But Christmas means different things to different people.
For some, the Christmas season is about having survived another year, enjoying extra time to reconnect with family and friends, and bargain-hunting for great gifts. In fact, many who celebrate Christmas don’t
think much about a reason for the season. Or if they do, it’s just a swirl of unrelated thoughts about family traditions and a generic sense of good-will toward all.
The Reason for the Season
How about us, as Christ-followers? What’s our reason for the season? I hope we would agree that Christmas is the recognition that Jesus, God’s Son, “Love incarnate,”came to live among us, and ultimately to die and be resurrected.
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 Christmastime 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 the living God, “who is Love.” 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 Jesus, 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 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.
We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God.
God is love, and love has come to grant you His peace; that peace that passes even our understanding–now, and in the upcoming year. Christmas is not as much about opening the presents as it is opening our hearts!
Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a “Merry Christmas.” The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met. Christmas is God’s idea and Jesus is the greatest gift God gave to this world!
Jesus Is The Reason For The Season!Rejoice!
A new year is approaching! Life will be better!