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The Reason for the Season

December 05, 2017
By Unknown

Do you remember the excitement you felt about Christmas when you were a kid? Before the big day, you probably checked out all the tags on the gifts to find out which ones were yours and shook each one trying to guess what was inside.

When Christmas morning finally arrived, you couldn’t wait to tear the wrapping paper off so you could play with your new toys.

With the passage of time and increased maturity, our excitement regarding Christmas may change. But our reason for celebrating grows deeper and more meaningful as our focus shifts from gifts to Christ. Now the tree reminds us of the tree Jesus died on to pay for our sins. The lights testify that He is the Light of the World, and the gifts are a mere shadow of the greatest gift ever given—Jesus Christ. What can we say about this priceless present?

Jesus is an eternal gift that is both personal and universal. Jesus Christ came to offer Himself as the sacrifice for sins to all who would believe in Him and call on His name for salvation (Rom. 10:11-13). Although this offer is given to everyone, each person must choose whether to accept or reject God’s gift of His Son. Although this gift must be personally received, it’s also one gift we can share with others and keep for ourselves. Each time we explain to someone who Jesus is and how He came to save us from our sins, we are offering them the gift of Christ.

You will probably receive many gifts during your lifetime, but the one who arrived on that first Christmas night in a stable is the only one that really matters. He is always with you if you know Him as Savior. He’ll love you unconditionally, cleanse you from all sin, and one day bring you home to Himself in heaven. No wonder Paul exclaimed, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15).

We’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. As Christians, this is one of the most meaningful holidays we celebrate because it’s all about Jesus. Although we have many wonderful Christmas traditions, let’s always keep Jesus at the center of our celebrations and never forget to share this indescribable gift with others.

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