Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year!
There are many questions surrounding Christmas:
- When does it start and when does it end?
- Why all the lights?
- Why Christmas trees?
- Why candy canes and gifts?
- What does Christmas really mean?
THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS LOVE!
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NLT
- Why did God do this? Because He loves us!
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:6-8 NLT
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 NLT
- Why was Christmas necessary? We needed a Savior!
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 NLT
CHRISTMAS IS THE CELEBRATION OF THIS INCREDIBLE ACT OF LOVE.
8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:8-14 NLT
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR WHO DELIVERS US FROM SIN AND DEATH!
20b… “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:20b-23 NLT
The real Christmas story is the story of God becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Next Steps for me today…
- Receive God’s greatest gift of love.
- Allow Christmas to take on new meaning as we focus on Jesus Christ and God’s Love.
- Celebrate God’s gift by giving toward The Big Give!