As Christmas Season draws near it seems as if it becomes less and less about the birth of Jesus. It gets more and more commercialized and images flood our minds to purchase _____which will surely be the greatest gift we can EVER receive!
I want you to understand that the greatest gift EVER given can NOT be purchased with money! It was purchased by the sacrifice and bloodshed on Calvary! The greatest gift is the birth, death, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ! The real reason for the season! The Birth of Jesus!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
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REASON FOR THE SEASON: THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Sweet friend, Christmas is not about the gifts you can or can not afford to purchase. Christmas is about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That being said I have a confession that weighs heavily on my mind at times. I consider my blog a gift given by God to share the good news and to encourage others in their daily walk with Jesus.
However, there are times when my “gift” consumes my thoughts that I didn’t do this correctly, messed something up, or I must get this done and the list goes on and on! See, I want to do my best and Honor God to the best of my ability with the gift I’ve been given.
The Reason I Have a Blog
I never want to be consumed with the gift God has entrusted me with. To put it another way, the attention I give to my blog should not be my first priority. Why? Spending time with my Savior must take the highest priority first and foremost. My intentions good as they may be can NOT get in the way of my relationship with God.
Priceless Gift of the Season: the birth of Jesus
Anything we can EVER receive on this earth does NOT come close in comparison to the greatest gift ever given to us and doesn’t cost us anything. That gift is the birth of Jesus you and I nothing. It is a gift given freely to us by the birth of Jesus Christ. When Christmas draws near we can get so consumed with our version of the “Perfect Christmas” that we can push aside what it is truly about…The Birth of Jesus.
High Demands for the Season
Why do we put such demands on ourselves when we know the true reason for the season? The “things” in our lives do not need to be “perfect” nor will they ever be. What we need to remember is the “perfect” way God chose to make himself known to us and that is through his one and only begotten son…Jesus. Now, you and I may say we know the reason for the season but is this a true statement? Are the following things your focus during the season?
- A tree for our home
- Dinner for our Family
- Family Portrait to send
- Outdoor Decorations outside our house
- Indoor Decorations inside our home
- Gifts for our Children and Grandchildren
- Party for our Friends and Coworkers
- A vacation that you want to give your Family
- Cards to send to your Loved Ones
- Attitude to extend to others
Convicting reason for the season
Now, this list is not me criticizing anyone for anything. However, I am guilty of these being my focus and priority during Christmas. Oh, I hope I’m not the only one, am I? This being said however is we can get so wrapped up in wanting this list to be “perfect” that can become so distracted and forget the most important thing. The only “perfect” thing!
The Reason for the season: The birth of Jesus
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”. Matthew 1:23
God is with us through Jesus Christ. Jesus humbled himself as a servant so you and I could be reconciled with God. I can NOT think of a greater gift that we can receive, can you? Sadly, you and I do NOT deserve the gift of Jesus but it’s given to us freely nonetheless. I am so grateful for that, aren’t you?
Birth of Jesus
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
We must keep the true meaning of Christmas, in our hearts, and always at the forefront of our minds. It’s NOT in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, and it is NOT found in purchasing gifts we have all we need to be complete in Christ as the ultimate gift which is birth of Jesus!
10 Inspirational Christmas Quotes about Jesus
“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” – Andy Rooney
“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.” – Agnes M. Pahro
“Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.” – Deborah Whipp
“Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith
“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving
“Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed.” – Ann Garnett Schultz
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hills
“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” – David Cameron
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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14
In closing on the reason for the season: The birth of Jesus Story
The real gift and spirit of Christmas is giving, loving, caring, and serving others as our Father in Heaven has done for you and I. May we use this season, as an opportunity, to bless others, who may not know about Jesus, and to share the love of Christ with them.
Jesus is the reason for the season and may we understand the simple meaning of Christmas today and every day. I included a short video clip of The Nativity Story below for you to consider watching that shares the birth of Jesus’ story.
WE FIND THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON WHEN WE MAKE JESUS CHRIST THE FOCUS OF THE SEASON…THE BIRTH OF JESUS