22nd December 2013

The Meaning of Christmas 

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.
Luke 1:68-69 NIV (UK)

Even though people around the world celebrate Christmas on December 25, that was probably not the actual day on which Jesus was born. Many scholars believe that Jesus was more likely to have been born in September.

But the Christian celebration of Christmas is not about getting the date right. No one really knows the actual date. The celebration is about the fact that God loved humanity so much that he sent his Son in the flesh as one of us for our salvation.
In Matthew 1:23, the child Jesus is called, “God with us.”
In Mark 1:1, Jesus is called the Son of God.
In Luke 2:32, Jesus is called a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to the people of Israel.
In John 1:4, Jesus is called the life that was the light of men.

Christmas is about God’s love for us. It is about God’s undying commitment to us. It is about God becoming one of us and drawing us into himself. It is about Jesus sharing with us his perfect relationship with the Father, as the Father’s beloved Son.  “For God so loved the world,” John 3:16-17 tells us, “that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

And Christmas is about hope: John 1: 9-13 says, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:9-13).

May this Christmas season be a wonderful time of joy in which we remember and celebrate what the birth of Jesus Christ means for all the world.

Prayer
Merciful and wonderful Father, who could have imagined a way of salvation such as you devised? In sending your son truly as one of us, from babe to adult, to experience the human way of life, so as to better give us access to your Godly way of life. To buy us back, to make way for redemption and salvation. To defeat all opposition, clearly and without question to make it clear just how much you love us. We bow our heads in wonder and praise, through Jesus’ name,
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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