What a year it has been! Can you believe that it’s the last month of the year and how fast it has gone?
Well, looking forward to another great Christmas holiday; a special season. But what is this season all about?
Basically when we look at the clock of life, we are reminded through Ecclesiastes 3:1 that, “To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” What is the purpose of Christmas season, then? We can address this question in different angles but the most singular and practical way is to say that the Christmas season is about the Son Jesus Christ and God the Father who sent Him to come and die for us all. Why would this season be a time of celebration when we are surrounded by death? The reason is in the Bible - John 6:38-39, which says, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”
When we examine these verses, we realise that God had intended the purpose for his Son to be born for mankind to bring new and meaningful life.
The birth of Jesus Christ assures us that he became a facilitator and redeemer for all. Psalms 78:35 says, “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.”
This season feels like when a family gets a new baby in the house for the first time. The entire family gets excited. Reminds me of my first grandchild’s arrival. Nothing could stop us from singing, shouting and telling our extended family and friends about it. That’s the real feeling of Christmas; a time for family reunions; a time for joy and happiness with family and close friends. To better understand Christmas, let us look at the word “purpose” and what it actually means. According to the Webster English Dictionary, “purpose” has different meanings: 1. The reason for which anything is done, created, or exists. 2. A fixed design, outcome, or idea that is the object of an action or other effort. 3. Fixed intention in doing something; determination; a man of purpose. 4. Practical advantage or use to work to good purpose. 5. That which is relevant or under consideration. 6. Artistically designed on purpose; intentionally. When we look at the salvation plan that God designed for mankind, we could say, it was purposeful, intentional and artistically designed for us so that none should perish but have eternal life and in abundance.
Matthew 18:14 says, “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish...”
Here is another key verse that talks about perishing - John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believers in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Christmas is not a time to lose lives; it is not a time to be irresponsible nor is it a time for low life standards and letting one’s guard down, lest you regret it when disaster comes. The Christmas season, my brothers and sisters, is a time whose purpose is to be unified with loved ones. It’s a time for fresh starts, especially in broken and distance relationships.
I know of many people who have not been in contact with their parents all year. This is the time they get to be with them. Agnes M Pharo once said, “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal and that every path may lead to peace.” Oren Arnold quoted, in his poem: “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
” Until next week, let it be all about Christmas! God bless you.