Why and how to celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is important because it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God who came to redeem all mankind and call them to himself. On that day, God sent his Son to become a man on earth in order that one day he would become the payment for the sins of the world, past, present, and future. Christmas is a day of remembrance and worship.
The reason that Christmas exists is because, 2,000 years ago, a child was born. The Son of God. The Messiah that had been prophesied for generations. Out of love for mankind, God sent his Son to earth, knowing what lie ahead of him. Jesus’s birth was the biggest step in God’s plan of redemption.
John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
It is near impossible to fully understand the importance of Christmas until you recognize what Jesus came to accomplish. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was to live a blameless life, and, one day lay it down, taking upon himself the burden of sin so that we could be saved. His birth prepared the way for his death, and the redemption of all mankind.
The reason we give gifts at Christmas time is because of the gift that Christ first gave us. One of the ways that we can do this is by caring for others. Christ gave generously and by giving generously to the less fortunate we can reflect him in our lives. So maybe begin a new tradition this year and find a way to serve others with friends or family.
For many people the family time is one of the best parts of the Christmas season. Christmas brings families together, perhaps from far away, and provides a time to connect. Enjoy that, take the time to connect, but remember to keep Christ in the centre. Never forget what brought you together in the first place. Celebrate Christ with your family. Thank God for this special time where you can connect with your family. Merry Christmas!