For many of us, Christmas is a time of rejoicing, a time of celebrations, family gatherings, and Advent programs in our churches to reflect on our spiritual preparedness for welcoming Jesus at Christmas. We also prepare our homes by putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations.
God breaks into our world seeking to love us and to draw us closer to himself. This is the true joy of Christmas, the joy from our God who loves us all unconditionally. God’s gift to us is the promise of eternal life in heaven, through the incarnation of His beloved Son.
Christmas decorations will come down after the holidays, but the joy of Christ’s presence in us will last forever. Jesus offers us hope for a joyful tomorrow. So let us not focus on painful memories of the past. Rather, lets us focus on Jesus who brings us everlasting peace and joy.
As we come closer to Christmas, let us not forget what Christmas is all about. Let us keep its true meaning alive in our hearts and minds. We celebrate Christmas because of Christ, born to be our Savior and our path to eternal life. Let us proclaim in Jesus’ name that Christmas is the day the Lord comes as an infant to transform our lives through the power of the cross. “For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:1b-2)