The True Meaning of Christmas

The True meaning of Christmas

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Christmas is a very special time of the year. For some, it is a time to look forward to the societal indoctrination of Santa Clause. It’s a time for jingle bells. Some look forward to the gifts they will receive. For some, Christmas is a time to gather together with family and friends to celebrate in eating and drinking. It is for some a time for traditional rituals. Some people see it as a time to take a long needed vacation, while other people do not see it as anything important.

However, for the Christian believer, Christmas is more than Santa Clause. It is more than just a family gathering. Christmas is more than eating and drinking. Certainly, it is more than just a time for a vacation. Christmas for the Christian believer is a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of the most High God, the savior of mankind. Please understand that although at Christmas time the savior’s birth is highlighted and celebrated, for the Christian believer Christmas is not only on December 25, it is every day.

Thus, there is a distinction of the meaning of Christmas between the society and the Christian believer. Let’s look for a moment at our last few christmases. Many Americans as well as others across the globe did not have a happy Christmas. This is a result of the global economic crises we have experienced. Businesses have closed down. Employees have been laid off. Homeowners faced foreclosures and the cost of living increased. Certainly, these were dark Christmases for some in the last few years.

To help calm the economic storm, governments have taken steps to implement stimulus packages. The United States government has made billions available for bailout. Yet, the saga continued. Certainly, these conditions make for a dark Christmas. However, despite such bad news, Christmas for the believer is joyful because Christmas is more that what society has to offer. Christmas brings good news to the believer.

Christmas means good news

Christmas is good news because the believer has Jesus. Speaking of the birth of Jesus, the bible tells of the angel’s visit to
the shepherds. Luke 2:9-10 tells us “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone
around them, and they were greatly afraid.” Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” This is certainly good news. Therefore, even in the time of economic crisis there is no need to be afraid because the savior has been born. This was good news then and it is still good news to all today.

The shepherds were not rich. The fact that they were in the field in the night watching over their flock tells that they were
of humble status. Yet, God found it fitting to send his angel to bring them the good news. Note also, the passage also
said that this good news was not only to the shepherds but it is to all people. That means you and me. It does
not matter if you are rich or poor, big or small, white or black; the good news is for you. This good news has no boundary in regards to nationality. Thus, instead of being scared of what is happening in society you can rejoice in the Lord your Savior.

The angel proclaims it in Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” This was the fulfillment of that which was foretold in Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace. He is the savior and the role of a savior is to save and bring you joy. Is he your savior
today?

Christmas means Joy

For the believer Christmas is a time of joy. This was the angel’s declaration. I bring you good tidings of great joy. Therefore,
in spite of the circumstances, you may have lost your home, you do not know where the next paycheck is coming from, you do not know how you are going to pay the next mortgage or rent, whether or not you receive a bailout, the
believer can rejoice and so can you if you will believe and worship the Lord.

Christmas means worship:

The angel not only brought good news and joy to the shepherds, they also worshipped God. This is what happened while the angel was speaking to the shepherds. Luke 2:13-14 tells us, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God and saying:" “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Here we see the angels (the Heavenly Hosts) demonstrated that this was a time to recognize God and worship him. And it is still so today. In spite of our circumstances we are to worship the Lord.

In Luke 2:20 the shepherds also adopted the practice of worship. After the angel brought them the good news they went to see the baby Jesus. When they saw all that the angel had told them the Bible said “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

The act of worship is also seen in the gospel of Mathew 2:10-11 when the wise men followed the star
from the east and came to the place where Jesus laid. The Bible says, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Even so today you and I must worship him because He is the King of kings, Lord of lords. He is the Prince of peace. He came to redeem us with his love.

Christmas means Love and Redemption:

The true meaning of Christmas is about love and redemption. The Bible tells us in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This he did through his redemptive blood when he died upon the cross. God loves us so much he gave His only son to us. In return we
ought to love one another and love God. This is the true meaning of Christmas. He was born to die for our sins.
Through his death we are redeemed. Will you let Him in your heart today? Or, will you be like the inn keeper and turn Him away? I encourage you to give Him your heart.

If you desire he can save you today. He can redeem you of your sins. As John 3:17 declares “For God did not send His Son
into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” This evidence that He came to save mankind from sin. The word tells us in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” He came all way from Heaven to earth. He came to seek out those who are lost. He is seeking after you. He wants to save you from your sins.

When the parents of Jesus went to the inn they were turned away. They were told that there was no room in the inn. Jesus was denied the privilege of being born in the inn. Thus, he was born in the manger, a feeding trough for animals. Mary being pregnant did not receive any compassion. She was not shown any humanity.

Today, Jesus is not seeking a room in the inn. He is seeking it in your heart. He wants to be born in you to save you from your sins. He wants you to have joy deep within. He wants to give you life eternal. Despite of what Christmas meant to you before this hour, in spite of your circumstances, my friends, good news has come to you today. Will you let him in and give him your heart?

Mathew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Furthermore, Psalm 95 declares, today if you will hear his voice harden not your hearts. He is knocking at your
heart’s door. Will you turn him away or will you heed his call today and give him your Heart?