The Real Meaning of Christmas

It is the first day of December, and most people are thinking of Christmas by now, even if they've avoided the retail scene with it's late October decor.

What does Christmas make you think of?







For most of us, Christmas is a time when we think lovingly (or anxiously) about what to buy for those on our proverbial list, and of reconnecting with family and friends whom we may only see during this season.



But, in the midst of all this festive hubbub, the true meaning of Christmas often gets buried. Even if you do not claim Christ as Savior, we can all benefit from embracing what Christmas really represents.

Love

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life," (John 3:16 NASB).



Debates about the actual date of Christ's birth and the pagan roots of the holiday aside, love is really what Christmas is about. It is why Jesus came to earth. Because He loves us so profoundly that He came in a flesh-and-bone body to rescue our sin-sick hearts.



The beauty of His love is that we don't deserve it. He came when we didn't know or care how desperately we need Him.

 ". . . God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," (Romans 5:8 NASB).

The best gift we can give to anyone is unconditional love. Love—without any strings attached. 

I won't promise it will get you a quick return. But there is a God who sees everything and, unlike Santa, He is making a list that counts for eternity.



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