Last month, Pastor Morgan began a series titled, What’s the Point, A Peep Into the Parables of Jesus. The newsletter team is carrying that thought into December with the theme, What’s the Point of Christmas.
Traditionally, December 25th of each year is set aside to celebrate the Greatest Gift the world has ever been given – the birth of the Messiah.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matt 1:21 NIV
The Bible is the story of God’s Love for humanity. The pages from Genesis to Revelation reveal the Creator’s Love for His creation.
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. John 3:16 NIV
So, What’s the Point of Christmas?
The point is, Christmas is the time when true believers pause to remember and acknowledge God for extending His grace and mercy to an undeserving world. The gifts we give and the kindness we bestow upon each other are symbolic of what He did for us.
Throughout the day, all year long, our tv and news feeds are bombarded with the devastations of war, crime, political unrest, social injustice, disease, poverty, etc. Paying too much attention to all the negativity in the world can push the most mature believer to a point of discouragement. Christmas is the time we celebrate our Savior’s birth, and it serves as the reminder we need to help us maintain our focus on what is to come.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:8-14 NKJV
The angels informed us that on that first Christmas morning, God had given us a Savior who would one day bring peace on earth and goodwill to all men.
Sadly, the true point of Christmas has found itself fighting for space in our lives like a new product on a grocery store shelf. A few years ago, I wrote an article about Christmas that included the results of an unofficial survey I had given. I asked several adults, what does Christmas mean to you? Only a few mentioned the birth of Christ. The overall majority related it to spending time with family and friends and exchanging gifts. From that very simple survey I discovered that many people are missing the true point of Christmas.
Study 2 of our Christian Enrichment Class was titled, “How to Build Your Life on God’s Word.” We covered six topics: Why we Need God’s Word, Hear God’s Word, Study God’s Word, Meditate on God’s Word, Obey God’s Word and finally, Communicate God’s Word. The final topic impacted me personally. Although I have studied and taught the Word of God for over thirty-nine years, I had to admit that I have fallen short when it comes to communicating His Word to “unbelievers.” Perhaps that is a contributing factor to why so many people are missing the true point of Christmas.
The angels did their part and now you and I must do our part by continuing the announcement. The One who was promised to set the captives free, has come.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:19 NIV
That’s The Point of Christmas!!!