(Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:1-20)
This is a season that puts God’s amazing plan of salvation of mankind in the full glare of the unbelievers, as well as believers. His purpose for this season is almost as old as the earth itself (Genesis 3:14). The Reason for this season is Jesus Christ our Lord. And Jesus Christ our Lord is God’s gift of salvation. Even if our contemporary Christmas season is not the exact period of our Lord’s birth, it still serves a very great purpose of God to the world. Even if people ignore and deny Jesus as the reason for the season, they cannot change the fact that they will continue to live with it. This fact is an important tool of God, to engrave on all hearts, the remembrance of the gracious birth of our Lord Jesus. Indeed, this is a very effective tool. The day and season for Christmas might have been fixed as a commemoration, yet not without the will of God of Trinity – the Creator of all (Lamentation 3:37, Psalms 33:9).
Many are taken Jesus out of the season’s celebration; both believers and unbelievers. While the unbelievers deny Jesus as the Reason for the season, many of us believers ignore His being the Reason for the season. Ignoring Jesus’ being the Reason for the season is like a “gentle” form of denying Him.
Jesus is the Reason for the season. He was born for this reason; to be the sacrificial Lamb for our sins. No one has a greater love than this; that Christ left is Kingdom and glory to be born, live like us (among the lowest of the society) and ultimately die for us. Nothing can be too great for us to do for Him. Nothing can be too much to be done for the purpose He lived and died for to be fulfilled? Please, let us show this in all that we do this season. Wherever will go let us show Him to others as the Reason for the season. Let us show salvation as the purpose for this season. Let us not be ashamed of this responsibility. Let us not see this great responsibility as a burden. Let us be faithful to our Lord in carrying out our great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). He has given us grace and yet He will give more to us when we ask for them.
When we give, let our giving bear Jesus (not necessarily as a tag but in being good). When we visit, let us share Him with friends and family. Let us gently and with love of God in our heart expound the significance of His birth, the mystery, the incidence surrounding it, the prophecies and their fulfillment (where necessary). Let us do some interesting things about Jesus as the message with the children, so that they will see Jesus in the season than they see the Santa Claus. Please, let us remember we are sharing with love. Nothing is more important in sharing than Christlike love.
He says remember the poor among you. Please do not forget, the less privilege, the motherless or orphanage babies home, the aged ones home. With joy put Jesus love on their hearts. Please remember, the message is simple – Jesus is the Reason for the season. He lives! He lives! Yes, He that was born more than 2000 years ago was crucified for us but was resurrected with evidences that cannot be disproved. And He lives again. Now, living for us, preparing heavenly homes for us and coming back again to take judge the world. He is precious. He is our Lord and Friend. Thank you Jesus for choosing to be born for us to receive life in abundance.
1) Lord Jesus, thank You, for being born to save us (Matthew 1:21).
2) Father, release more grace on me, to show Your love to others.
3) Lord, let Your glory confirm Your message as we share it with others (Luke 2:9-10).
4) I stand upon the authority of Jesus, and command all demonic plots and deeds against me and my loved ones be terminated now by fire, in Jesus name (Matthew 28:18, Colossians 2:15, Pilippians 2:10).
5) Hallelujah, thank You Lord for the victory in the name of Jesus.