Do you know the true Meaning of Christmas?
Is Christmas a Time for Gifts, Family, Celebration, or Worship? Maybe Christmas is about all of these!
There truly is something magical about Christmas. The Christmas Carols, gifts, shopping, family reunions, and the hope for a peaceful year ahead. I feel much peace during this celebration time, knowing that Jesus Christ is the “prince of peace.” Without question, the happiest memories of my childhood life revolve around Christmas (most likely because of the gifts)
Indeed, Christmas is an exceptional and exciting time for children, with Santa Clause, the elves, and all of that tradition. With Christmas, we have a sense of wonder, beauty, and anticipation.
We look forward to being with loved ones, family and friends, and eating incredible food. It is an excellent time of the year.
Nowadays, the message behind the true meaning of Christmas is much more important to me than the tradition.
Now, let’s get back to the reality behind the tradition. Man’s version of Christmas, this holiday that we will soon celebrate, can’t come close to the man and the life that it is supposed to honor and praise. We have commercialized Christmas to the point that the true meaning behind Christmas has been watered down to the end of insignificance.
In reality, the Christmas holiday season cannot fulfill man’s most pressing innermost needs. It cannot bring harmony back to a broken home, nor can it heal a broken heart. Christmas won’t find us a job or financial security and provide life-long peace. Christmas cannot bring long-lasting happiness. There are many millions of people just in America alone that will not be experiencing a merry Christmas this year. Some will be losing their homes, others are without a job, and will not be able to afford the kinds of gifts that they want to share with their loved ones.
So We need to take the “mas” out of Christmas for the true meaning and hope behind Christmas. Only Jesus Christ can bring us eternal joy, peace, and fulfillment that we all enjoy temporarily during Christmas. Only Christ himself can do all of this for us, and more.
We don’t need a Christmas holiday season to find lasting joy; but need Christ the Messiah. We don’t need goodwill, so to speak, and need God. We don’t need Christmas presents; rather need God’s presence in our life. And anything short of this ultimately will lead to disappointment. But God never will disappoint. So let God comfort you at this time of the year, even though the difficult times’ many people throughout the world may be experiencing in these last days.
The primary message of Christmas is that God came to us through Jesus Christ. Regarding, Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14 NKJV). “Immanuel” means “God with us” (see Matthew 1:23).
The message of the season is not “Let it snow” or even “Let us shop.” The real message is, “Let us worship.” That is what the wise men came to do. “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” they said. “For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2 NKJV).
Immanuel: God with us. That is a staggering thought. And that is the essence of the Christmas message, the Christian faith, and the Christian life. All other religious ideas mostly tell you that you must do something. Do this, and you will find peace of mind and you will reach nirvana. Do this, and maybe you will make it to heaven. But Christianity says it is done – done for you at the cross, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The message of Christmas is not only that God is with us. Being a Christian is not merely following a creed; it is having Christ himself live in you and through you, giving you the strength to be the man or woman he has called you to be. Only then others may witness our good works when our light shine upon men, and glorify God in heaven! This is what Christ taught us about the “salt of the earth” on the Sermon on the Mount.
And that is the Christmas message this world needs to hear: Immanuel – God is with us.
Maybe you are having a tough time in your marriage life right now. God is with you. Perhaps your children have forgotten about you, or your parents have forgotten about you, and you feel all alone. God is with you. Maybe you feel isolated. God is with you. God is love – love is Christ.
Ironically most people exchange gifts during the Christmas holiday and do not appreciate what it symbolizes. God gave us all the greatest gift. Not just life itself, but the gift of eternal life through Christ. The greatest gift of all was when God gave us Jesus Christ, who shed his blood and sacrificed his life for the redemption of all our sins so that we, too, could attain eternal life. Jesus Christ was and is the perfect (sinless) sacrificial lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world so that all who believe in him will not perish but will receive the GIFT of eternal life.
That is the real meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas!
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