Christmas is a special time of year; one that many of us look forward to all year long. It’s a time of family gatherings, gift giving, and festive decorations. But what many do not recognize is the reason for the season: Jesus. The celebration of Christmas marks the birth of Christ, who entered into our world 2,000 years ago as a baby in Bethlehem. He brought with him hope and joy to everyone he encountered – from the shepherds in the field to his disciples on earth today. Through His teachings and ministry, Jesus showed us how to live life with compassion, justice, mercy and love. The essence of Christmas honors this extraordinary life that was given so freely for us all to receive.
God’s Gift of Love
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, when we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus and share love with our families. God’s gift of Jesus to us was one of unconditional love, so it makes sense that Christmas has come to be known as a time for spreading joy and happiness.
We can remember the true meaning of Christmas by spending quality time with our loved ones and expressing gratitude for those special people in our lives. This holiday season offers us an opportunity to remove ourselves from the stressors that life can bring. Instead we should focus on being mindful about how we can bless others with love just as God has blessed us through His perfect Son.
The Nativity Story
The Nativity Story starts with Joseph and Mary travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem at the request of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus in order to register for a census. Upon arriving in Bethlehem, there was no room for them to stay. So, they sought refuge in a stable where Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. Baby Jesus was laid down in a manger filled with straw. Angels sang praises upon His arrival and three wise men brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Jesus’ Teachings of Kindness
The teachings of Jesus are timeless. As believers celebrate his birth during the holidays, it is important to remember that Jesus taught kindness to all people. In a world filled with anger and division, Jesus’ lessons of love and compassion are more relevant now than ever.
From helping those in need to protecting the most vulnerable members of society, Jesus’ words continue to shine a light on the importance of being kind and generous. He showed us that we should never judge others or treat them with contempt, but rather show mercy and understanding. By following his teachings, we can help create a better world for ourselves and our neighbors—one where everyone feels safe and respected regardless of their background or beliefs.
Fulfilling Prophecy: Messiah of Peace
The Christmas season is a time for rejoicing and celebration! We remember the story of Jesus coming to Earth to be our Savior; a story which was prophesied long before his birth. He came as the Messiah, bringing peace and hope to all who believed.
Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies concerning his birth, life, death and resurrection. Isaiah 9:6-7 specifically mentions that Jesus would be called the Prince of Peace – “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 Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father The Prince Of Peace.” This scripture foretold what Jesus would become – not only would he reign in Heaven with God but he would reign on Earth as well.
Salvation: He was Born to Die
This holiday season bring an extra measure of joy to the birth of Jesus Christ, for it was His coming to earth that brought salvation and redemption to all. During this Christmas season, don’t forget the significance of Jesus’s mission: He came into the world to die. Although this truth can be a bit sobering as we celebrate with our loved ones, it also brings us a reason for great joy! For when we ponder how much God loves us, it leads us to understand why He sent His only Son – because He desires that none should perish but that all should have eternal life.
We do not have to fear death or separation from Him any longer; Jesus paid the price so that we could live eternally with Him in Heaven. We have the greatest gift of all – eternal life! This Christmas, let us rejoice in Jesus and the salvation He offers. Let us not just wish a Merry Christmas to each other but let us also celebrate how truly blessed we are to be children of God.
How Can I Accept the Gift of Salvation
Accepting the gift of salvation is an exciting and life-changing experience. It’s a process that starts with recognizing your need for salvation, understanding what it means to follow Jesus, and taking a leap of faith. By embracing the incredible gift of grace given to us by God, you will experience true joy, peace and freedom.
The first step in accepting salvation is being willing to admit that you cannot save yourself. Acknowledging this truth allows us to turn away from our sins and trust in Jesus as our Savior instead. Once you recognize that only He can save you from death and grant everlasting life, it becomes easier to accept His loving invitation into His family.
The second step is to believe that Jesus is Who He says He is. He is the Messiah. The Perfect One. He died our death and conquered our hell for us.
The final step is to confess. Pray and tell Jesus that you realize you are a sinner. Ask Him for forgiveness for your transgressions. There is no perfect prayer. Jesus is far more concerned with your belief than He is the words you use to profess that belief.
Christmas is a time of joy, cheer and celebration. But it is also a time to remember what really matters – Jesus. Jesus’ birth marks the moment when God’s love and mercy was made available to us all. We celebrate His life and the amazing gift He gave us by coming into this world.
At Christmas, we have an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ teachings and how these apply to our lives today. We can ponder how we can help others in need during this special season, or just take some time for quiet contemplation on the magnitude of God’s love for us. As Christians, celebrating Christmas each year should be a reminder that God has given us far more than material gifts; He has provided an eternity of peace and grace through his son Jesus Christ.