I want to begin bringing some Christmas devotions to you and the thought on my heart for today is “What Does Christmas Mean?” My scripture text is very familiar and it’s found in
John 3:16 where we read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV)
The Christmas season is usually a time of great anticipation. Children especially, look forward to the presents and the Christmas season provides parents an opportunity to teach their children about the joy of giving. This time of year also gives us the opportunity to express our love and appreciation for others in our life and treasure the relationships we enjoy.
I would like to say that the most important focus at Christmas ought to be centered upon the Gift that God the Father gave this world in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. The fact that God gave His only begotten Son to be the Savior of our soul is a truth each of us should dwell upon throughout the year. Those who know Jesus as their Savior are well aware of the blessings that salvation has made possible only through the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us when He was crucified in our place on the cross of Calvary. That very gift should become more and more precious to us as every day passes by.
May we as God’s children be filled with the wonder of the Christmas season, the marvelous and miraculous fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would be willing to become a man so that He might die for our sins and be raised again the third day for our justification. It is truly an amazing reality that Deity would be willing to take a body of humanity so that mankind could be delivered from a life of sin’s devastations and also eternity’s destructions. Truly no one has cared for us and loved us like Jesus Christ has loved us. Oh how great is the wonder and meaning of Christmas!
Pastor Joey Durham