A dictionary definition of Christmas would mention that it is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
However, parents across the globe, main culprits being the westernised ones, would lead their children to believe it’s all about Santa Claus (Santa), Christmas trees and loads of presents. It’s seen as an excuse to do all things eat, drink and be merry in excess and can place a huge financial and emotional strain on individuals and families alike.
Christmas is not about allowing yourself to be bombarded by marketers trying to make a profit out of you by selling things you do not need and definitely do not want!
Now, About Christmas
The very first Christmas the bible tells us, started in a manger, where Jesus, the son of the most high God came in human form as a baby to Joseph a carpenter and Mary, his betrothed wife.
Read it here: Matthew 1:18-24 (ESV)
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
What Christmas Means
So, what Christmas means and really should be about is gratitude and celebration to God for his most precious gift in the form of his son who came to save us from our sins. The bible tells us we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and we were condemned to an eternity separated from him, but thanks be to God he sent Jesus as our redeemer – Romans 3:23, 6:23 and John 3:16. See also the book of Revelation chapter 20:12-15.
God wants you to know and be reminded at Christmas that the focus should be on him and not on what you have or don’t have. After all, when you repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life, this is the most precious gift and one to be extremely grateful for. No one could afford it, it has been given freely. Therefore, hear the Lord saying to you today: Put God’s Kingdom First:
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? It’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!
31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries” Matthew 6:25-24 (ERV).
God loves you so much he would do anything for you even send his only son to save you. 😀
Based on the word of God presented above, let us be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!