FAITH

The true meaning of Christmas

Christmastime these days is so heavily commercialized that people have forgotten its real meaning.

Type Christmas on Google and search on images and you will find pictures of Christmas trees, presents, decorations, and even Santa Claus spread on the first few pages. Pictures of baby Jesus or the events surrounding His birth can only be found if you scroll down to the bottom and click on the ‘show more’ button. This is a mild example, but it proves my previous point.

My friends, Christmas is not all about the trees, exchanging presents, going to festive events, family gatherings, or taking advantage of the many sales going through the stores. It is not an ordinary happy day. It is a celebratory day that carries a deeper meaning, bestows unfathomable blessings, and delivers a powerful message, one that has the capability to save us all from our sins. 

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It is the day to honor the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

It is also the day to rejoice, for Christmastime marks an important beginning of Jesus’s works in us. Without Christmas, there will be no salvation, and without salvation, we are condemned for an eternal life in hell.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

All we have to do is believe and ask Him (Jesus) to come into our lives and we will be saved. Repent and He will forgive us of our sins. He will cleanse us and makes us worthy. No amount of gold, worldly pleasure, or riches of this world will ever amount to the eternal life the Lord has promised His righteous believers.

I am not saying that we can’t decorate our houses for Christmas or gather with our families or shop the sale items. I do them, too. One of my favorite things to do is fill my house with Christmas decorations. Christmastime is the rare time that my whole family can gather together, so I treasure this moment. And I am a big fan of the sales – I’m always waiting for prices to drop down in a few items I’m wanting. These things are not bad, but don’t let them seize you away from the true meaning of this most joyful day.

The trees will wither and dry. Our family is not immortal. The sales come and go. But the true meaning of Christmas is eternal.

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