It’s that time of year again, and I’m sure many of you are enjoying today with your family and friends. Opening presents, drinking hot chocolate, reminiscing and just having a great time. In this special time of the year, I want to encourage you to remember the real reason of why we celebrate Christmas. As you open your gifts or watch as others open their gifts, remember that this world has been given the greatest gift of all: Jesus Christ. The very One who created the world with the sound of His voice, came down into this world in the form of a Baby. Completely dependent on humans, this Baby grew into a Man who would change history. He humbly came for this purpose: to bring salvation to the world.
The story of Jesus is one of truth, hope, and love. He brought salvation to the world through His beautiful death on the cross. Jesus Christ was born to die, so that the price of our sins could be paid off once and for all.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
We are all sinners and are in need of salvation. The Bible tells us that death is the result of sin. Jesus Christ paid that price for us, so that we would not have to face death for our sins. As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us remember that Jesus Christ was born to bring us true salvation. All we have to do is believe that He died and rose again. This is why we can be truly happy at Christmas. No matter what you are going through, there is always joy in knowing that we have a Savior who loved us enough to come down to this wicked world to die for our own sins.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” – John 15:13
Jesus Christ showed us the ultimate picture of love by bearing our punishment on the cross. With that in mind, it is important for us to show Christ-like love to the world around us.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
Christ’s unconditional love was evident while He lived on earth – He healed the sick, raised the dead, ministered to the needy, and ultimately forgave us all by dying on the cross for our sins. If we truly are going to celebrate this beautiful holiday, let us act as Christ did during His short time on this earth. Let us love, give to others, forgive, and do unto others as we would have done unto us. I pray that you will be encouraged to seek out Jesus today and for the rest of your life, and strive to be like Him in all that you do. He truly is the reason for the season!