Christmas: is all about gifts


cropped-imagesca5j11e6.jpgChristmas is a special time of year for Christians and it’s celebrated across the globe in a single day of celebration or as many days of festivities. It brings us great joy to honour the birth of Jesus and the fulfillment of God’s promise to us. It’s a time when families and friends get together, and it’s the one time in the year when cold hearts are warmed and attitudes of anger and dispute become lost behind seasonal acts of forgiveness. But for those who don’t know Jesus, Christmas is just a time to party and to indulge in the gifts.

The Christmas season brings the marketing industry to its peak and puts the stores in their glory as they rake in the money from selling branded goods that have been chosen as the season’s best sellers. It’s amazing to watch shoppers this time of year as they scurry through the stores to grab the hottest items for their loved ones. Price isn’t an issue in many cases; getting the promoted fads is what Christmas is all about to them. Pleasing their children and getting them lots of good gifts is what counts.

Gifts have become their god at Christmas. It’s all about the presents under the tree that makes the season a joy to many people. The decorations and the modern, jolly Christmas songs add to their festivities along with all the food – and of course, the liquor. It’s a time to party and a time when children can make out their wish lists and tell their parents what to buy them. Christmas for too many children is all about getting those presents!

Santa Claus is a hero to them and he is their incentive for good behaviorSanta because they’ve been taught that Santa is the one who brings the gifts and that he only brings them to “good little boys and girls”. He has become their focus because he’s the one with the gifts. People who don’t know Jesus give glory and praise to everything except to the One who deserves it!

Christmas for Christians is all about Jesus!

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.” … Jeremiah 33:14

The only gift that matters is the gift of life that God gave to us when He became a man and lived among us and then gave Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is the promise that the Old Testament believers looked forward to and He is the reason why we sing songs of praise.

To Christians, Christmas is a big birthday party and Jesus is the guest of honor. It’s a time to sing and praise the Lord.

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” … Philippians 2:8

Many of us exchange gifts and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s done in celebration of the Lord and not as a prerequisite to define the day. Our focus needs to be on Jesus – the reason for the season. Gifts should be a blessing and not the focus of the day. Children should be taught that Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus – that Christmas is His birthday!

imagesL2KLQ6VU“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” … Luke 2:11

There is a joy and a hope and an excitement that comes with singing many of the traditional Christmas carols and that’s because our eyes are on the One who is worthy and deserving of our praise. There’s a peace that floods our heart when all that we do to celebrate Christmas gives glory to God. No wonder it’s a time of sharing and of forgiveness! When Jesus is the centre of our reason to celebrate, and when Jesus gets the glory for all we do, then His love is all around us and we are blessed.

“I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”

… Psalm 9:2

Many Christians are taking the stand that this time of year should be acknowledged as “Merry Christmas” and not as “Happy Holiday”, but the world cannot share in this viewpoint because they don’t know Jesus. To them it IS just a happy holiday. To Christians it’s a time to be merry and celebrate Jesus, so let’s continue to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and not get upset if they don’t share our joy.

December 25th may not be the correct day of His birth, but our celebration of this precious gift brings joy to our Heavenly Father as we show Him how grateful we are that Jesus came for us. And the greatest gift that we can give to anyone at Christmas is to share the truth about Jesus with them and to let them know that we celebrate Christmas because He is God’s promise to us and that because of Jesus, we are saved!

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 Jesus is our gift from God.

“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” … 2 Corinthians 9:15

 

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