“What is the meaning of Christmas?” is a question that people have been trying to answer for centuries. For some, Christmas is just a commercial racket that companies use to gain wealth. For others, Christmas means giving and charity and thinking of your fellow man. While others believe that Christmas is all about family and love. What do you think? Would any of these conclusions define the true meaning of Christmas for you?
While I believe that many of the above conclusions are good and should be included in our merrymaking during the Christmas season, I don’t believe that they capture the true meaning of Christmas. In fact, I believe that any of the above conclusions about Christmas are incomplete because they cannot complete a person. I see that the meaning of Christmas is a message of hope—a hope that through the person and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can have the assurance of a relationship with Jesus and the hope of life everlasting with Him!
Our Advent Message series this year is entitled “Humble Beginnings.” What we want to bring our focus to is that out of the must humble beginnings of Christ’s birth, the message of hope would be ensured through Jesus’ death, resurrection, and 2nd Coming! We are going to see this illustrated for us in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah draws our focus to a people who were far from God, not wanting to hear from Him despite God’s many warnings. And yet, there is a powerful message of hope in Jesus proclaimed as we read the words, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This message of hope has the power to transform lives, bring healing to a weary soul, and give hope that no matter our circumstances, Jesus can rescue and restore.
Christmas is a time when many are open to hearing about the true meaning of Christmas that is found in Jesus. Who has God placed on your heart to share the hope of Christmas with? Who has He led you to invite to our Christmas celebration, services, Living Nativity, or Christmas Eve services? Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to share the hope of Jesus with people. We have the message of hope—let’s join the angelic choir as we proclaim the amazing message that Jesus Christ is born!