Thursday, December 25, 2008

True Meaning of Christmas

As we unwrap the presents from under the tree, it's easy to let the day go by without really pausing to think about what Christmas is all about. And what a travesty that is, to not give glory to the Lord for what He gave us on Christmas day.

So what is the true meaning of Christmas?

You could say it is love.

John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world 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."

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.

The real Christmas story is the story of God becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself {1 John 4:8.}

The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way—for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. "But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." {Romans 5:8.}

So on this day, out of gratitude for what God did for us, we celebrate the birth of His son Jesus, born in a lowly manger to be the Savior of the world.

Now that's a love story!

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