As Christmas Day 2020 fades into history, please know that God gave the ultimate gift at Christmas. No earthly celebration can fill the void in our hearts that God created to fill with His Son. The celebration of Christmas is all about the blessed gift of God in heaven, to us, His created. I’ll borrow words recently expressed by The Joshua Fund to express the true meaning of Christmas.
As a verse so familiar to us explains – this is the message of Christmas.
For God so loved the world.
God shows his LOVE toward us in giving Jesus – not the kind of love the world knows, but true, transcendent love that penetrates our sinful world and invites us to a new life.
…that he gave his one and only Son,
God GAVE Jesus to be our perfect redeemer – to die for our sins and to model a life of love. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was the only way for us to be reconciled to God. This one-of-a-kind gift is the essence of God’s grace.
…that whoever believes in him shall not perish
Our BELIEF or faith in Jesus is the only way we can access this amazing grace and be restored to a right relationship with God. We cannot attain this ourselves – we have no hope, no life, outside of this faith and trust in him.
…but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
The PROMISE of God at Christmas is that all who believe will live with God forever! What a true joy! What a gift! This is the “good news that will cause great joy for all the people” that the shepherds were amazed at.
This Christmas, when you see the baby in the manger, and all the other familiar trappings of the season, remember to see the real Jesus. The same Jesus who was cradled in Mary’s arms, and hung by Joseph’s side to learn carpentry, was the Jesus on the cross – his arms stretched wide to embrace and forgive the sin of the world.
If you don’t know this Jesus personally, you can know Him today. Find out how.