It’s that time of year again, it’s nearly December 25th, and with it all the blessings of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the greeting cards in the mail, relaxing dinners with family and friends, snowmen in the yard, stockings hanging over the mantle, and greetings of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?
For many people, Christmas is not joyful, but a time for tears. Without the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, or friends, many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Happy family dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.
Yet, Christmas can still be a season of great joy. Remembering that it is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be an opportunity for healing and renewed strength. After all, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.
Luke 2: 4-19 says:
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter the situation or period of anguish, we can know that we belong to Him. One day our earthly suffering will end, and Lord willing, Heaven will be our home.
This Christmas I will try to look at the season with Jesus’ love and allow His presence into my heart. Although we have little monetary possessions, we can still have a “Merry Christmas.”Jesus will meet all of our needs.
Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!