The Christmas season is a time that is celebrated by many people of different backgrounds through-out the world. It is a time in the year that is widely celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians – though perhaps for different reasons.
Whether Christian or not – Christmas means different things to different people. For some, it’s a time to do some holiday shopping; buy Christmas presents, spend time with the family or even engage in all sorts of partying, revelry and drinking.
However, if we are to study the scriptures, there can be only ONE real reason for why Christmas is such an important time to remember. That one reason is – JESUS.
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Above the Christmas presents; above the partying and revelry; above Santa Clause; above the holiday shopping; Christmas should really be about the birth of the Saviour called Jesus and why He was born into the world.
Therefore as we celebrate Christmas, with the illumination of God’s word, let us be reminded that Jesus is the reason for the season
6 THINGS TO BE REMINDED ABOUT DURING CHRISTMAS
- The Miraculous Virgin Birth of Jesus – Jesus was not conceived through the seed of a man, but He was miraculously conceived from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18-21 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.)
- The Mission of Jesus – Like all of us, Jesus was born for a reason. Jesus was born into the world to save people from sin. (Matthew 1:21 – She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.)
- The Fulfillment of Prophecy – Christmas reminds us that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah. He is the one and only Saviour of the world and nobody can come to the Father except through Him. (Matthew 1:22-23 – All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23″Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
- The Deity of Christ – We are reminded that Jesus is not just a man – but that He is God and the Word who became man in order to dwell among men – thus the name Immanuel which means God with us. (John 1:1-14 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made… 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.)
- The Enemy’s Attempt to Destroy God’s Plans – Herod attempted to destroy Jesus when Christ was still an infant because he was insecure and threatened by the birth of the Messiah. The enemy will always attempt to destroy what God has planned for your life or for the world. However, God is more powerful than the enemy. (Matthew 2:13-14 – Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”)
- The Love of God – Christmas must remind us of the love that God has for the world. Even though we are sinners; even though we turn our back against God; God still loves us and is merciful such that He sent His Son Jesus to become our Saviour. (John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.)
May you and your family may be blessed and be at peace during this Christmas season and always. God bless.