“Maybe Christmas Means A Little Bit More”

Christmas Day is 3 days away. Many people are busy making their final plans for Christmas. Some are purchasing groceries… others are purchasing those last-minute gifts… Some are sending Christmas cards.. All of that is great and a part of Christmas. But, Christmas is much more than any of that.
Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not a Scrooge or a Grinch. I LOVE Christmas. But, Christmas… means much, much more than what it has come to mean for many people.
Christmas, in it’s simplest form, is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. Ok, you may have heard that one-thousand times. You may be thinking, “Yeah, yeah I know; Jesus is the reason for the season… I get it.”
But do you? Do we?
What happened because God gave His Son to Jesus? How would the world be different is Jesus wasn’t born?
First, there would be no salvation for mankind. God gave His Son in order that He could go to the cross and die for the sins of mankind. If Jesus is not born into this world, man has no hope. So, Christmas provides salvation.
Imagine that Jesus hadn’t come into the world…. man would be born… he would live… he would “grab all the gusto” he could because, after all, “you only live once.” Then, man would die and spend eternity separated from God because of His sin. I don’t want to think about that long, do you?
So, Christmas provides salvation.
Christmas provides hope. Because we have salvation, we have hope. We also have hope to help us in daily living. It may be that Christmas is going to be tough for you this year. I encourage you to ask the Lord for help through the power of His Holy Spirit. Maybe reach out to a Christian friend as well.
If you are going through a tough time, I can’t nor can anyone, take the pain away. But Jesus can help us deal with the pain.
Third, Christmas provides love and help for people. In the two-thousand years since Jesus was born, His followers have started schools, hospitals and other ministries for the purpose of helping people in Jesus name. We see a lot of that at Christmas
I encourage you, today, think about the people in your life. Is there someone who needs help? Is there someone who is going to be alone on Christmas? Consider inviting them to your family gathering.
Christmas brings us salvation, hope and ministry. We can have all three of those without putting any directions up.
As the Grinch said;
“It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.”
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, means a little bit more.”
The Grinch was right… Christmas doesn’t come from a store. It comes from Jesus.

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