Meaning of Christmas
The Christmas season evokes various emotions in people. Some people, and certainly retail stores, love this season. It’s the season of shopping – big business. To some people, the Christmas season has been high jacked by unbridled consumerism. To some the Christmas season is the time to remember the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Whatever your feelings are during this season, I want to remind you of the familiar cliché, “Jesus is the reason for the season!”
I have come up with a couple acronyms for the word Christmas to help you meditate on the meaning of Christmas.
CROSS. Jesus came to go to the cross. His death on the cross was not a surprise. He was born to die for our sins. Thank you, Jesus.
HOLINESS. Jesus is Holy. He came to prepare a way for us to experience holiness.
REDEMPTION. Christmas reminds us that Jesus bought us at an expensive price – the price of His precious blood which was spilled at Calvary.
INCARNATION. Christmas reminds us that God came to earth, put on human flesh, and spoke our language so we could be saved.
SALVATION. Christmas reminds us we were meant to die, but Jesus died for our sins. His birth and subsequent death brought us our salvation. Hallelujah!
TESTIMONY. Christmas reminds us that Jesus is God’s testimony of love His undying love for us. Jesus came to tell us of God’s Kingdom.
MIRACLES. Christmas reminds us that the conception and birth of Jesus were miraculous. Jesus performed many miracles which pointed at God. Jesus continues to perform miracles in the lives of His followers.
ATONEMENT. Christmas reminds us that Jesus came to repair our broken relationship with God. He came to reconcile us to God. He came to make us one with God.
SERVANTHOOD. Christmas reminds us that Jesus came to seek the lost. Jesus came to save the perishing. Jesus came to serve the least, the hopeless, the helpless, and the suffering.
So, what should we do this Christmas?
Cheer, compliment others. Everyone is fighting a battle. Call your grandparents
Help. Random acts of kindness. Do dishes, buy coffee, carry stuff,
Rise to the challenge. Don’t cower away or give up.
Inspire/influence someone. Our children, grandchildren, and others are watching us. Whether we realize it or not, people are watching us. Someone somewhere is wishing they could be like you. Inspire them for good.
Serve others. We are at our best when we give of our selves – when we serve others. Serve at home, serve at church, serve at work, serve everywhere.
Tell others about Jesus. Tell your story of salvation to the lost.
Minister to others. Be present. Listen. Be available. Visit the hospital, nursing homes.
Adopt-A-Family with your family. Sacrifice your Christmas gifts, for others.
Sponsor a child overseas, buy a goat, cow, etc for a family in developing countries.