Today there is a lot of effort being put into “keeping Christ in Christmas”. Between the hustle and bustle, and belief arguments, the reason for the season is being forgotten more and more.
What is the reason for the season? Why was Christ born? Why does Christmas happen anyway?
The answer is one word. Yup, just one word is the answer. There is only one reason for the season of Christmas…
YOU…you are the reason for the season!!
God did not send Christ so Santa can rob the celebration of such a glorious day. He did not send Christ so we have a reason to purchase gifts for one another and go into debt doing so.
Nope, God sent Christ for you…that’s it. He sent Christ as his gift to you so you might be saved from eternal death and separation from God.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
We are the world…you are the world. In other words; For God so loved you that he gave his one and only Son.
You might say…hey wait one minute! Jesus was supposed have been born over 2000 years ago. How could God have sent his Son for me?
As God spoke to Jeremiah and told him He knew him before he was born and set him apart for a special purpose (Jeremiah was a prophet for Israel), God also knew each and everyone of us before we were born.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God has a plan for each of our lives. Each of us has a special purpose for the Lord. We cannot execute that purpose if we are not in tune with God. That being Him being invited into our life so He can reveal his purpose to us.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So that’s how you can know that God sent Christ for all of mankind. Christ is Gods gift. Like all gifts accepting Christ into our lives does not cost us anything. We just need to accept the gift.
For some this will sound hokie and cliché. There isn’t anything that I can say than what has not already been said throughout history. It is really that simple. God gave Christ as the gift of salvation.
Lets look at the rest of John 3:16-21
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
It is through Christ we are saved. There is no other way.
Christmas is the time of year people tend to be just a bit nicer to one another, a bit more giving, and a bit more concerned about how they interact with friends and family. It is a bit of a warm and fuzzy time of year wouldn’t you say?
How we act toward one another, the things we do for one another, or in other words our “works” become a little bit more important to us during the Christmas season. It feels good to treat people nice. It feels good to give to those less fortunate.
Don’t be fooled by false messages. Our works may be acts of godliness but they do not bring us any closer to salvation or an eternity with God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God wants us to do good works that’s for sure. Our works should bring glory to His name. Yet scripture is clear, it is not our good works that saves us. We are saved through Christ.
Not all will accept the Word of God. Not all will accept Christ into their life. Not all will acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas. That is a harsh reality. God does prefer it otherwise and is willing to patiently wait for us to decide where we want to spend our eternity.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
As much as God stands at the door of our heart and patiently knocks, waiting for us to invite him in…
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
…we only have so much time. God is waiting for us to accept his gift of spiritual eternity with him. He will wait and wait.
We must accept His gift before our physical death. Given that none of us know the day or minute of our death, I encourage you to wholeheartedly consider where you are choosing to spend your eternity.
What is the reason for the season?You, you are the reason for the season of Christmas. God is waiting for each and every one of us to accept his gift of Christ.
I cannot remember ever turning down a Christmas gift. God’s gift is better than any gift I was ever given. Material gifts wear out, break, go out of style, and bring satisfaction for a short time. God’s gift is eternal fellowship with Him. There is no better gift…ever!!
Celebrate this Christmas with a little different focus in mind. Christmas is for and about you…God’s love for you…God’s desire to be with you…God’s gift of Christ for you.
December 21, 2009
This message was inspired by a message shared by Pastor Jerry Bruette from Living Hope Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
His message spoke to me and prompted me to share my thoughts with you.