It is Christmas again. It is time to pause and reflect on Christmas. What has Christmas meant to you over the years?
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?
Many of us have become so swept up in the commercial aspect of the holiday that we’ve strayed a bit from the true meaning of Christmas, forgetting what the meaning of Christmas really is.
So what is the true meaning of Christmas? Simply put, Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birthday. His birth meant that the Messiah that Isaiah spoke of had come into the world to save us. People knew even then that the child was special.
Take a step back, take out your Bible, and turn it to Luke. Follow along with Linus as he recites the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie Brown. This is the real story of Christmas.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Christmas literally means the Mass (celebration) of Christ. “Christ” is a Greek word and title, meaning “anointed” or one set apart by God for a special purpose. “Christ” is equivalent to the Hebrew word “Messiah.” Based on the words of ancient prophets, the first century Jewish people expected the arrival of the Messiah promised by God as a great deliver of the people.
Christmas is the festival of the human heart. It is a time of year when all the universe conspires to raise the vibratory level of consciousness on earth to one of peace and love toward ourselves and one another. This season resonates to the sweet, childlike innocence that resides in all of us. A time when the heavenly forces inspire us to shift our focus away from fear and toward one of joy, and healing.
No matter who you are, your heart cannot resist the beauty of an ornamented Christmas tree or the glow of a mysterious menorah. Cynicism gives way to the celebration when carefully preparing holiday sweets or stringing colorful lights around the entrance to your home. Any heart warms to a rousing rendition of “Joy to The World”.
Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of 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.
Jesus was born so we might live. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth so we may be set free. The Christ child, the child of light came, so the darkness that covered this world would become extinct. What a beautiful thought we have when we think of this precious sacrifice of His life so all men may have this gift of new birth in each one of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.
Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole.
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. Heaven will be our home one day.
Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!
Will you give Him a room in the Inn of your heart this year?
Bless you and Merry Christmas.
By the way, I am baffled by the translation of Merry Christmas into Mandarin in the above picture. It shows the Chinese characters for “Kong Hee Fatt Choy” (which essentially means wish you prosperity) which is what the Chinese wish each other during Chinese New Year. It has nothing to do with Christmas. I purposely chose the above picture to illustrate how commercialized Christmas has become.