True Meaning of Christmas
Okay, now we should reflect on ourselves and how Jesus birth has been tainted by commercialism and Hollywood. Endless holiday shopping for presents for most people is the focus. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and endless holiday shopping are fun, but they blur
the story of Jesus’ birth.
Christmas season brings blessings and gifts. It is a special time to reflect on Jesus, his birth, and what he has meant to the world. His words resonate
even more deeply during Christmas. Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all, Salvation. Is the Star of David on your Tree?
- Is there a Manger under the Tree?
- This would be a great way to begin discussion of Jesus's birth.
- Is the Tree a replcement of the Cross? To create confusion?
- Keep in mind Jesus beat Lucifer at the Cross.
- Being bad or good is about recieving gifts?
- Judgement Day is about who is Saved or not? If someone is not Saved they are judged on what they have done wrong. Not being Saved, bad or
good, gets you to same place. "Hell"
Therefore we can establidh, for some the true meaning of Christmas may have been lost over the period of time.
However, since you no longer believe in Santa Claus is a step in the right direction. Understand, Jesus gave you the gift of all, "Eternal Salvation". All you have to is except it. You will never recieve a greater gift.
Eternal life cannot be earned by those who are sinful, it can be received as a free gift. Jesus Christ can offer us salvation, because He lived the perfect, sinless
life for us, died on the cross to atone for our sin. Jesus Christ rose from the grave the defeat the power of sin. We don't deserve eternal life, but we can freely accept it as an undeserved gift from Jesus, if we want it. Scripture teaches us that salvation
is an undeserved gift that is received by us when we place our faith in Jesus Christ and confess Him as our Lord and Savior.
Therefore how can you intertionally keep Christ in Christmas in your life:
- Give God one very special gift only from you to Him: Let this gift be something
personal that no one else needs to know about. This gift should be a sacrifice. Perhaps your gift to God will be to forgive someone you have needed for a very long time. You may discover that you have actually given a gift back to yourself!
set aside a special time to read the Christmas story in the Book of Luke, Verse 1:5-56 and 2:1-20: Consider reading this account with your family and friends discussing it together. Definetely focus reading the Book
of Luke with children.
- Take a group Christmas caroling in a nursing home or a children’s hospital in your annual celebration.
- The number
one way to keep Jesus Christ in your Christmas celebrations is to have him present in your daily life. To do this you must become a believer.
- If you've already accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior and made him the center of your life. Keeping Christ in Christmas is more about how you live your life than the things you say. Such as "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays."
- To keep Jesus Christ in
Christmas means daily revealing the character, spirit and love of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through for others to emulate.
- Give God one very special gift from you to him. This
gift should be something personal that no one else needs to know about. This should be a sacrifice. David said in 2
Samuel 24 that he could not offer a sacrifice to God that cost him nothing.
- Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you have needed to forgive for a very long time. You may discover that
you have actually given a gift back to yourself.
- Perhaps your gift will be to commit to spending time with God daily. Or maybe there is something God has asked you to give up. Make this your most important gift of the season.
- Perhaps you can help a family in need.
- You may choose to help an elderly
neighbor in home repairs or shopping. Locate someone with a genuine need, involve your whole entire family, and see how happy you can make him or her this Christmas.
- Take a group Christmas
caroling in a nursing home or a children's hospital.
- Give a surprise gift of service to each member of your family.
- Jesus Christ
taught us to serve by washing the disciples feet. Jesus Christ also taught us that it is "more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35
- By giving an unexpected
gift of service to members of your family demonstrates Christ-like love and service. You may consider giving a back rub to your wife, running an errand for your sister, or cleaning out a closet for your parent. Make it meaningful and personal and watch the
- Set aside a time of family devotions on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.
- Before the family opens the
gifts, take a few minutes to gather as a family in prayer and devotions. Read a few Bible verses and discuss as a family the "True meaning of Christmas".
- Attend a Christmas or Christmas
Eve church service together with your family.
- If you are alone this Christmas or don't have family living near you, invite a neighbor or friend to join you.
- Send out Christmas cards that convey a spiritual message.
- Write a Christmas letter to a missionary.