Sunday, December 19, 2010

Even as Christians we lose sight of the TRUE meaning of Christmas

Sometimes, even as Christians we lose sight of the TRUE meaning of Christmas…..CHRIST.

Christmas is about a gift. But not the kind of gifts that you and I would think about normally or those that are placed beneath the Christmas Tree. Christmas is all about The gift of Christ. Jesus' birthday--Christmas--is about God's love. It is about God's love for you and me. It is God expressing His great love for mankind, through the giving of the greatest gift, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember that although Christmas is a time that many enjoy bearing gifts and being generous, it was not intended to be a day to see how we can get the best deal at the local mall or to trample each other in order to buy what we would consider to be the most perfect gift for our relatives or friends. Have you seen the movie “The Grinch”?  Cindy Lou Who , searches for the “true meaning” of Christmas, the Grinch is sure Christmas is all about gifts- and gifts that people don’t really want or need. 

Looking around I have the feeling that many have forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is. Although Christmas is a great time to spend with our families, we don’t really need a particular day set aside to do that. During the Christmas season for many it becomes hectic, stressful and depressing. I don’t think that Jesus Christ intended the celebration of His birth to be so stressful.

We should be celebrating Christmas as a way of acknowledging the birth of Jesus Christ. God became one of us in order to die for us and save us from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

Christmas trees, Santa Claus, decorations, exchanging gifts, and the many other seasonal traditions that most of us observe are wonderful ways for family and friends to mark this time of year. What we must all take care to remember is that these customs, enjoyable as they are, ultimately have nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas -- the "reason for the season" -- is found only in the message of the gospel. Here it is, so beautifully said in John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

On another note, this time of years seems to bring on many discussions 
concerning Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays 

If you would like to learn more about Christmas and how many of our traditions 

came about, you may want to check out this website… The World is My Parish
John Wesleyan

Merry Christmas Everyone and may you have a Jesus Filled Year and may you 
be blessed each day … 

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