Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11
Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated in nearly every nation around the world. People all over the world love a reason to get together with family and friends and to give and receive gifts from each other.
At the same time many do not like Christmas because they have had a bad experience during the season, such as a loss of a loved one or a sickness. With bad memories they are depressed and do not have the hope that Christmas brings.
Luke tells how the angels told some shepherds that there was some great news, a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord was born.
Getting together with family and friends and giving gifts is great, but if that is all there is to Christmas, there is no real hope and depression can set in. Many people around the world do not have any family or friends that they can celebrate with, leaving them without hope.
The world wants people to focus on the fun and gifts, rather than the best gift ever given. The world is all about self and in that is dying with no hope. It is just eat, drink, be merry and die…it is over. The sin, that mankind was allowed to do, only brought about temporary pleasure and eternal death.
God, in His infinite love, sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. Jesus is the good news, because He is able to remove sin and bring about eternal life. He came as a baby to grow and live as a human being in order to be able to say that living for God is possible, there is hope.
Believers can now rejoice and celebrate the greatest gift ever given–forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior.
If you struggle with the busyness of Christmas season or have painful memories of the season, look to Jesus for hope. Allow Jesus to forgive you of all the sins you have ever done. Allow Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit to transform you into a new creation with hope.
Give because Jesus gave. Live because Jesus lived. Have hope because Jesus brought hope.
Celebrate Christmas to worship and honor the greatest gift ever given–Jesus, the Lord and Savior.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the reason for Jesus coming; and that the world will see Jesus in you.