Come every 25th December, every child expects Christmas to be a celebration of receiving presents, fun and games. We like to arrange family dinners and churches sing carols. High street stores, online shops and Christmas markets put out attractive advertisements, grabbing our attention in order to sell us Christmas gifts and pubs and clubs are full of Christmas party seekers.
All these commercial activities are done in the hope that Christmas sales would be bumped up and will turn in a handsome profit. It is then counted as a profit factor, made into a sales report known as “Christmas sales report”, this is actually, funnily, not about Christmas celebration at all, but only one of the many business reports in that year.
Christmas is a season where people liven up and smile, everyone is encouraged to be happy, but what is Christmas really about? Why do Christians feel so joyful about Christmas?
Christmas started on a very silent night, it was just like every other night, yet Christmas night was so significant to the whole world. Many people did not realise a saviour had been born into this world. It was so important that an angel proclaimed the glad tidings to the shepherds that were there thet night; the Bible says even a star pointed to the location where Jesus was born, and angels appeared to sing hymns to give glory to the one God.
Jesus, though born as a baby to this world, is God, the Lord of the world. He is the advent that came to this earth to save every believing person into His eternal kingdom. He is the saviour that has been expected from long ago. Jesus is the promise that God made to redeem the world to Him. By dying on the cross in the crucifixion, He purchased us with His precious blood, and saved us out of darkness into His light. We call this salvation; and this offer of Jesus’ salvation is free for you and me.
Today we remember Christmas because we remember Jesus who became flesh, who came and saved us. His salvation offers us hope which none other can give us. We celebrate and rejoice because we know anyone who believes in Him has been forgiven of their sins and we enjoy the freedom in Christ.
If you are not yet a believer, we encourage you to talk to your Christian friends and ask more about Jesus. If you are a Christian, let us rejoice and reflect upon God’s love for us this Christmas.
Great! We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you in church. God bless you.
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