Light, Tree, Gift!
December 17, 2018
Christmas is just around the corner and people are hurrying around trying to get everything done that they think should be done. Have we lost the true meaning of Christmas? The true meaning of Christmas is love. “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. 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) Can we slow down and just ask ourselves what we are truly celebrating and why we are celebrating? Some people think that Christians shouldn’t even celebrate Christmas for various reasons. It is true that the Bible tells us to remember Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection but it never commands us to remember His birth. However, without the birth of Jesus, there would not be a death, burial and resurrection and we would not have a Savior. It’s also true that we don’t really know the date of Jesus’ birth but we do know that He was born to be our Savior. “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9-11 KJV) Jesus had to become flesh because we needed a Savior. Although we should celebrate God’s gift of salvation every day, Christmas is the time of year we celebrate Jesus’ birth to show our gratitude for what God did for us. The Bible says: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV) The best way we can show our gratitude for God’s gift of salvation is by being obedient to His Word. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3 KJV) We can also show our gratitude for the gift of salvation by telling others why we celebrate Christmas and why we do the things we do at Christmas time. Someone recently said: “Christmas is about lights, trees and gifts.” Someone else took offense to this until the statement was explained. Jesus is the Light. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 KJV) Jesus died on a tree. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 KJV) And Jesus gave us the greatest gift anyone could give us. The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 KJV) Is this why you celebrate Christmas? Then tell someone else about the Light, Tree and Gift!