Watching a few Christmas specials this week such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” surely brought me back to my childhood memories. The message about Christmas was so simple. How God gave us His only son Jesus Christ who was born to die.
Christmas is a message of Hope in a dark hour. Did you know King Herod gave an edict to have all male infants and children under 2 years old slaughtered in Christ’s day. Why? Because light had suddenly exposed the darkness a new king was on the horizon. God gives us a bright future! ” For unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given…”
Christmas is a message of Forgiveness in an intolerant world. Jesus came into this world, ‘born of the flesh’ only to die for the sins of humanity. “For everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God”. His mission was to sacrifice His life to die for you and me. To love and accept us unconditionally. Jesus was and is God in the flesh. Accepting God’s forgiveness requires faith on our part. Trusting Him completely.
Christmas is a message of a lifestyle giving attitude. The spirit of giving should be part of who we are, not just this time of the season. How often we need to be reminded that “It is more blessed to give than to receive…”.
This does not just mean giving of money but of giving of our time, talents, etc. We don’t need much, but we need desire. Look what happened when Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree was decorated. They sang, and had a party because they gave of their time – friendship, and talents. They had hope.
Let me remind you when somebody such as a young child, or an aged person, neighbor, co- worker, etc. ask you something, please put your cell phone down or stop what you are doing and listen to them. Why? Because it means that you care and they are important to you.