During this busy time, it is easy to forget the origins of Christmas. It’s a holiday season where we exchange presents and spend time with family and friends to eat festive food. Christmas is more than a festive season, December 25th is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Ancient Romans also commemorated Jesus’ birth by marking a division of the calendar still in use today.
The story of Christmas that is familiar to most of us, talks about Jesus and the life that he lived on earth. His messages has powerful meaning that can apply to all of us every day of our lives. Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th, but the most likely date (according to civil and historical records) was sometime around the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. December 25th was adopted as the official date to celebrate Jesus’s Birthday as an attempt by the Church to integrate Christian ideals into the Winter Solstice festivals celebrated during that season.
It’s important to understand that there is a deeper meaning to Christmas than giving and receiving presents. Do you remember the time back in your childhood, when life was simpler and made more sense before the troubles of adult life arrived? Christmas is about experiencing this feeling once again, it’s about love and inner peace. Behind all the fun and decorations, there is a message, there is something more that gives our lives purpose, that brings us hope and happiness.
So how can we find the real meaning, the hidden message for our lives when we celebrate Christmas? I believe that we need to look at the obstacles in our lives and understand that they are not bigger than the joy of the birth of the Christ, who came to bind up our wounds, heal our brokenness and fill the empty spaces in our lives. Each year as Christmas arrives, we should remember why Jesus came to earth. When Christ were born, people were lost and sinful, unable to fix their own mess, they needed someone to bring them hope, a Saviour. That’s why the Messiah came to earth, to restore our relationship with God, and to show us what is really important.
Jesus gave up all his divine power to be part of humanity and show us that God can transform our lives with his love. HE came to bring us hope, not just for the future, but for today. Jesus asked us to put our hope in HIM. Because of Jesus, we have purpose. We have hope for the future, because we know as God’s children, we deserve happiness; we know that we can overcome any obstacle and that we are not alone. Christ gave us the reassurance that our failures are not greater than God’s love and that happiness is the most important gift we can give to ourselves and to others.
This Christmas, let’s celebrate, recognise and appreciate the birth of the one who loves us and died for us in our place. Let’s fill our hearts with peace, love and happiness and nurture your feelings of hope. Let’s be grateful for all our blessings and spread the love by being kind to others, and being more patient and forgiving. Let’s enjoy the peace which comes from knowing that our sins have been forgiven.
Christmas is a time when we can experience a lot of different emotions. We feel joy at getting together with family, and sadness that we can’t be with those who have passed away, but Jesus can fill our hearts with peace if we allow His Spirit work on us to do so. Always remember that Jesus is the true meaning for the season. The son of God was born to bring us hope, and hope is a powerful force. It gives us encouragement no matter what we are facing. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.
Find the true meaning of Christmas inside you, by being generous, being mindful of others and grateful for your life. As a Christian myself, the birth of Jesus, brings me thoughts of renewal, and celebration of life. Jesus is the greatest gift God gave us. From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.