Christmas is almost here! There's an air of excitement, Christmas carols, events, parties, concerts, worship services, and preparations. However, this time of the year can also be quite lonely and even stressful for many.
Let us remember that our Lord Jesus Christ was not born in a fancy mansion or a private hospital. He wasn't gifted hundreds of clothes and toys. The Innkeeper didn't even have a spare room for Mary to rest in. She ended up in an animal shelter and laid her newborn son in a manger (animal feeding trough).
Yet, the angels appeared to shepherds praising God and the shepherds went and saw the newborn Son of God. They spread the word about this baby and praised God for all the things they had heard and seen.
So Christmas is not about how many gifts are under the tree. It is not about how much food the table can hold. It's not about how much money you spend.
Christmas is about being thankful.
Thankful firstly to God, who loved us so much, that He sent His Son to be our savior.
Thankful that Mary was obedient to the angel's message from God.
Thankful that the Bible is full of promises to us.
Be thankful that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, chose to obey God and give his life for us.
Thankful that we can celebrate with our families (however they may be made up).
Let us be thankful that we have a future with God if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
Perhaps you can be 'someone' who can share what you have with those who may not have much to celebrate or someone who is lonely, or doesn't have family around them?
Titus 3:4-5 tells us, "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit".
We are not saved by what we do - we cannot save ourselves by doing good things, good works, and being good people. We are saved simply by accepting the amazing gift that is offered to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Over this Christmas period, why don't you check for yourself what the Bible says?
- Acts 4:12
- John 3;16-18
- John 14:6
- Matthew 7:21
- Matthew 19:25-26
- Ephesians 2:8-9
- Romans 3:23
- Acts 16:30-33