Christmas—it’s a time for celebration. It’s a time for family and friends. It’s a time for shopping and also giving of gifts. Christmas is so many things to so many people. But what is Christmas to you this morning? Just like the world, which is oblivious to the real meaning of Christmas; many Christians have forgotten Christ in their Christmas celebrations. What about you? Remember Christ is the reason for the season and we should all celebrate ‘Christ-Centred Christmas.’ We will have a Christ-centred Christmas when we understand the message of eternal love and unconditional acceptance. God loves us that He gave Jesus to save you is the simple message of Christmas. The Bible says we love God because He first loved us. Deuteronomy 7 tells us: "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you . . ." (v. 7-8). If you are not a Christian I pray that this Christmas you will be touched by the love of God and truly understand the greatest gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
We will have a Christ-centred Christmas when we realize it is just not the unsaved who need Jesus but we Christians too need Jesus every day of our lives. Jesus Christ is God’s answer to the growing outcry, emotionally hurting, oppression, injustice and sense of the lostness. We need the message of Christmas and the reassurance and hope it brings. The teenager who is rebelling needs Jesus and we know there is hope and forgiveness to those who return; the man or the woman who has lost a spouse needs to know life is still worth living because of Jesus; the affluent and the self-satisfied who think he or she has all things need Jesus for money cannot buy peace, joy and love. Only God can satisfy the cries of your heart. I am not sure of your disappointment or needs; but one thing we can be sure this Christmas, Jesus Christ is God’s answer to our disappointment and cry of heart. This Christmas, I pray you will determine in heart that you lean on Him and trust Him more and more with each passing day.
We will have a Christ-centred Christmas when we realize we all will realize what the presence of Jesus in our lives ought to bring us this Christmas, it is not just the absence of fear but the presence of joy. I am not talking about just the sense of deliverance and joy that you had when you were born again but sharing about the joy of the Lord that should be with us in our life’s journey. I read a nice definition of a Christian. A Christian is one who is completely fearless, continually cheerful, and constantly in trouble. As I look back to the year 2011, I have my wounds and sorrows and at times I couldn’t understand the situations the way it unfolded in my life. Thankfully God’s grace was sufficient for me and my family and the Lord taught me to trust in Him only and to lean more and more in His grace. Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Cor 7:4 “in all my troubles my joy knows no bounds”. He does not promise to take the problem away, but He says He will take us through it. He will strengthen us to face it and will give us courage and peace and joy in the midst of it.
We will have a Christ-centred Christmas when we look beyond the manger and look to the cross which also held the Son of God. Many Christians today remember the baby Jesus but they forget the Christ’s tender call to come and follow him. God is not looking at an elaborate gift or an expensive gift but He is looking for a heart that is surrendered to His will. Have you surrendered all to Christ? Give Him obedience and set yourselves apart to serve Him. Such gift that expresses sincere love is priceless. Your gift may be small but will be loved by the Lord if it is given in the right spirit. This Christmas I pray you will also give your very best for Christ and His work which is obedience.
Right now, you can find the real meaning of Christmas -- Christ within! Then fear will be a distant stranger, and faith your persistent friend and the guiding factor in your life. Come to Him wholeheartedly and experience the true Joy that Jesus give this Christmas. Have a Christ-Centered Christmas today.
Wishing you all once again a joyous and Christ filled Christmas. God bless you.
In His Amazing Love,