The Christmas season means something different to everyone. For many, it is a time to gather with friends and family. It is a season of joy, busyness, Christmas parties and giving. For some, Christmas is stressful, money is tight and sometimes family is not close by. The Christmas season can be difficult for those who have lost someone they loved, or who do not have people in their lives who they can call family.
This year in particular, Christmas will look different for everyone. We will have to adapt our holiday traditions to the restrictions in our states. Our office holiday parties or family gatherings might be smaller or even held virtually. It might mean that we won’t be able to travel to see loved ones. Yet, the reason for celebrating Christmas never changes.
Despite the circumstances, staying rooted in the true meaning of Christmas, and knowing the reason why we celebrate, can bring you comfort and peace, no matter what this season looks like for you.
1 Timothy 1:14-15 says, “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.”
Jesus was sent to earth to save us as sinners and give us the hope of eternal life. He came to a sinful world, endured pain and death, though he is blameless, and shared God’s love all out of selflessness.
This is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for us. Sending His Son to die for our sins so that we may live forever in Him.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Especially this year, remember why we celebrate Christmas. Ultimately, God demonstrated an act of immeasurable love by sending Jesus to earth to pay for our sins and give us the hope of eternal life.
It is through this hope that we can find joy this Christmas. If this season has been difficult and you’re hoping for answered prayers, remember that we serve an unwavering God whose love is steadfast. He is never changing, always with us and works for the good of those who love Him.
May God bless you and your families this Christmas!