When I really take the time to search my heart for what Christmas really means to me, I find that it is so much more than fun times and presents. Although I enjoy that, those things are only temporary. To me, Christmas has a deep down, spiritual meaning of peace and hope that fills my soul because of what transpired. What really did happen? A miracle, that's what. A miracle that was witnessed by many and wrote about in the scriptures. A miracle that continues to impact lives. An event in history that has eternal significance to all who will believe.
( NIV) Luke 2: 9-14 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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 on the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rest."
God came to man as a child in human form to live as we do, to experience the things humans struggle with and enjoy. Jesus grew up and took on the sins of man on the cross so that we are able to have eternal life. Although, we must choose to accept His wonderful gift of grace. That is the hope that fills me with peace, but it's so much more. It is more than a one-time event. If we choose to pray and read His word every day, it is a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. In that relationship, where we can find a direct connection to His peace, love and joy. It fills the longing in our soul, it is the well that never runs dry, the thirst that is satisfied, and the assurance that cannot be taken away no matter what happens to our body.
Wow, how many people do you know that need hope, joy or even love? How many people have been abused or betrayed by someone? How many people have no one or nowhere to go to get unconditional love and hope for the future? I also ask how many people do we know that at one time or another accepted Jesus gift of grace but never read the Bible or pray much and walk around no different than anyone else, without the joy of the Lord in their home or in their life? Christmas is a time for a new beginning. Christmas is a time to embrace the true meaning of the season and all the wonderful spiritual gifts the Lord has to give us.
The true meaning of Christmas is all about Christ, His history and His real-time ability to live in us and give us meaning, hope and love for us today and tomorrow. When we receive that, we then have love to share with others. What a precious gift. Let His name be praised, Amen.
May the Spirit of the Lord fill you, embrace you and protect you. May you reach out and begin to show love to others. May the fun of this season's activities be enhanced by the true meaning of Christmas.
Have a Very Merry Christmas