One of the highlights of December is the joy of celebrating Christmas. Most of us get to decorate our homes, do parties, travel, celebrate and share gifts.
But what really is the true meaning of Christmas? The decorations, the parties with family and friends, the gifts under the Christmas tree, travelling and going on holiday, Christmas cards, telling each other “Merry Christmas”?
For some who may not be able to do all these things, Christmas can turn out as a time of sadness. The reason being a lack of money to buy Christmas presents for family and friends. Not being able to travel, meet and celebrate with loved ones. Or, not being able to put a turkey dinner on the table.
With all the emotions that Christmas brings, it’s easy to lose ourselves in the season and overlook the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Christmas and the Birth of Jesus
During Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ. Isaiah in Chapter 9:6-7 prophesied what the coming of Jesus Christ would be to us.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
If you are a student of the bible, you probably know that the birth of Christ represents the beginning of God’s redemptive plan for mankind, and is therefore very significant for us. God sent His only Son to us who lived a life of no sin so that He could become the final sacrifice, the atonement of our sins. After 33 years, Jesu paid the price of sin on Calvary and overcame death so that we could be saved. His birth was not just another birthday – He was no ordinary baby.
Why do We Truly Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is a time of remembering God’s great love for us. The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of God’s incredible act of love.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17, KJV)
We celebrate Christmas by acknowledging, praising, and glorifying the One who gave it all. Yes, it’s true that through the death of Jesus and His resurrection, we have become victorious. Without the death of Christ on the cross, we would not have salvation. But all this would not be possible without His birth. His birth changed everything – our present and future. That’s the reason we should celebrate Christmas and do so with all our hearts.
Let’s look at Christmas in a new way this year. Yes, we can enjoy the parties, the food and the gifts, but let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas which is God’s love and Him sending Jesus with a plan for our redemption. And whether we do parties or not, whatever is happening, we can choose to be happy at Christmas. We can know and remember God’s love for us. For Jesus is truly the reason for the season!
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