Jesus is the Reason
I know that many countries and cultures celebrate the commercialization of Christmas without the slightest clue what Christmas is really all about. They all know about Santa, and sport the red suits and red caps, and even a bag full of goodies. To them Christmas is a time of doing good deeds and giving to those less fortunate and/or complete strangers. It’s a feel good time of year.
For others it’s receiving and being grateful for the kind thoughts, gifts and prayers of others during a time when things can be a bit rough. Maybe it’s a hot meal or a warm bed for the night. Christmas has bitter-sweet memories of loved ones who’ve passed on. If you look around you will surely see others less fortunate. There are those on the corner with their sign, hoping for a hand out.
In a perfect world there are sleigh bells ringing, choirs singing and children laughing, as Christmas is in the air. There are Christmas dinners with family and friends with presents galore.
Those who work in retail or food service industries are concerned with customer service and corporations examine the bottom line as profits climb.
The commercialization of Christmas leaves little room for the little babe born in a manger in Bethlehem of long ago. For some it’s a story told and re-told about a couple in search of a room as their child was soon to be born.
Having traveled many long miles and after arriving they found there was no place available, so they went to a stable, a place where animals are fed and bedded down for the night.
It was in that stable that God came down in the form of a baby to redeem mankind from his sins. There were signs in the heavens and wonders on the earth as shepherds and kings were guided to the place where the Son of Man and Son of God was born. His name was Jesus.
For the Christian believer Christmas is a reminder, like a rainbow in the sky, that God loved us so much that he sent his only begotten son that whosever believes will not perish but receive everlasting life, it is a gift that cannot be bought, nor can it be earned. It is a gift from God, so that man cannot boast. Yes Christmas is a time of remembrance when love came down.
For the non-believer it may be just another holiday where everything’s for sale at a price. They do not know that Almighty God is no respecter of persons. He cares not if you’re rich or poor, whether you live in a huge mansion or a cardboard box shelter, or no shelter at all. God loves you, as he loves me just the same and he doesn’t want or need you to “clean up your act first”. He loves you just the way you are.
As Christmas is fast approaching, what a wonderful present God has given you, the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. It is up to you, will you accept this precious gift?
There is no magic ritual or special words to say.
Just recognize that you need Jesus in your life.
That you can’t continue on your own.
Ask God to forgive you and to save you from the penalty of sin.
Ask God to fill you with his spirit.
Thank him for saving you.
Ask for his guidance in your life.
Then turn away from your sin, seek God with all of your heart, mind and soul.
Seek out a bible believing church that teaches the virgin birth of Jesus, his sinless life on earth, his death on the cross as payment for our sin, and his resurrection 3 days later and his sitting on the throne at the right hand of God the Father, as an intercessor for us.
Merry Christmas! – I am the Real Truckmaster!