Christmas marks the birth of Christ which is the best news the world has ever heard, but why is that such good news? Why does that message get trumped by the sales at Walmart every year? Why does even the word “Christmas” get replaced with more generic “holiday” greetings?
The Bible holds the answers to the true story and the real meaning of Christmas. Let’s look at Scripture’s account of Christ’s birth. I’ve put some additional points in bold to help you apply the Bible’s principles to your own life.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2:8-10
Jesus came to bring hope, life and grace to the world. He would live a perfect life and give His life on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins so we can be in right standing with God. He is the Good News!
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:11-12
Sometimes God’s Greatest Gifts come in unexpected Packages.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:13-15
Hearing God’s Word isn’t enough. We must respond to it by following Christ. Seek Jesus! Good intentions don’t mean much without good actions!
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:16-18
The Shepherds shared the Good News that was shared with them. Once we experience “The Good News” Jesus brings, we need to share it with others. Our faith in Jesus is personal but it was never meant to be private.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:19-20
Treasure the Gift of God’s Grace and remember the reason for the season is Jesus! Merry Christmas!