What CHRISTMAS Means to Me
“Be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:26; 6:24)
To me, the real meaning of Christmas — Jesus — means that we are able to take His love and peace in our own lives and extend it to others. This means (in its most basic form) being able to love the unlovable and give to the poor. This is what Jesus did. Even though the shepherds were considered the lowest within society, they were the first to know of His birth. After Jesus started His ministry, He fed the people. He healed the sick from their infirmities. He richly blessed those who had no reason to hope. He offered wells of living water that would never run dry. There was a reason the Lord who knew no sin became sin. It was so that we might have life everlasting. And as believers in Jesus, we should share His good news message with others.
But often when Christmas day finally comes, we happily open our presents, looking to see if the one thing we’ve wanted all year long is there. When we have finally opened the last present and realize that we got everything we wanted BUT that one present (the last gift opened being just socks and underwear) we tend to become immediately disappointed. Yes, we can ask for the same gift again on our birthday or for next Christmas and hopefully get it then.
However, if we compare what we wanted to the greatest gift ever given — Jesus the Christ — then we begin to realize that maybe the only reason we wanted that particular one toy or electronic in the first place was because all our friends have it. But is that the right reason particularly when there are so many people who don’t have any presents to open this Christmas.
Therefore, I believe we should be thankful that we even have presents, including socks and underwear, and if we have a chance, we should love like Jesus so that both the unlovable and the poor can know His love through us and drink from the well of everlasting life too. Merry Christmas everyone!