The Real Message of Christmas
Here we are on the seventeenth day of December and the Christmas season and I can feel the excitement in the air. This morning I want to focus on the real message of Christmas.
I heard a story from a pastor how he always wanted a family. He lived with his single mom and he was an only child. He tells how he got up on Christmas morning, excited about opening his presents, but his mom was passed out from a night of drinking. The young boy looked around and thought, it has got to get better than this. He knew in his heart, even as a child that Christmas spoke of something greater.
He was so right. What Christmas really speaks of is what we can have in a relationship with Jesus Christ. The primary message of Christmas is that God came to us: " 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us' " (Matthew 1:23)
The message of Christmas is not "Let it snow"; it is "Let us worship" because God is with us. The first Christmas gifts were not from the wise men to the Child. Rather, the first gift of Christmas was the gift of Jesus Christ from God to us: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
The message of Christmas means this: You will never be alone in life again. Jesus said, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" (John 14:23). That is an amazing statement. God the Father and God the Son are saying they want to make their home with you and me.
Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world or age" (Matthew 28:20). That is a promise to all people. Why? Because of Immanuel, God is with us. Without Christ there is no Christmas, He is Christmas. God Bless!