December 25 is a day in which many around the world, celebrate the holiday that is known as ‘Christmas.’ On this day, millions gather to exchange gifts and to spend time with family and friends. This is a day that Christians and non-Christians have set aside time to engage in festivities that involve decorations and consuming a holiday dinner. It is a time that has been marked by togetherness and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
However, there is a much deeper meaning to this day. While the world promotes purchasing material things, the truth of the matter is that at the core of Christmas day, it is not about giving or receiving gifts. While this is a nice gesture and it is most certainly encouraged, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christ’s birth marked the beginning of humanity’s opportunity for redemption. It is because of Jesus’ birth, that you and I can be redeemed due to His sacrifice on the cross.
While Christmas day is an important day in the history of our world and all existence, it is paramount that we who are in Christ understand that Christmas day isn’t the only day that we are to celebrate or acknowledge the birth of Christ. Every day is a day that we have the opportunity to commemorate and honor the gift of Jesus Christ.
The prophet Isaiah gives a prophecy that points to the birth of Jesus Christ that would occur many years after the prophecy was given. For example, in Isaiah chapter 7, verse 14, the following prophecy is declared:
(NKJV) “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
This prophecy was made between 701 and 681 BC. It was later fulfilled in 5 BC. 700 years later, the words of the prophet Isaiah came to pass. In chapter 9 of Isaiah and verse 6, another declaration is made:
(ESV) “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
It is important to note in the above verse, Isaiah was not only foretelling what would happen, but he was directing his prophecy to King Ahaz and the nation of Judah. At this time period, Judah and its people were afraid of the Northern Kingdom (Jerusalem) and Syria. They were joining together to attack Judah. However, Isaiah prophesies with hope rather than sticking to a gloom and doom perspective.
Essentially, the prophecy of Jesus Christ is one of hope, not only for the people in Isaiah’s day but for future generations. Isaiah said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;” This meant that the prophecy transcended every generation. “To us” meant that the gift of life through Jesus Christ became available to every person regardless of the time they live in.
Even today, the gift of Jesus Christ being born is a gift that is available to you and I. Since the prophecy is toward humanity as a whole, then it includes even those who choose to reject Christ. The fact is that you and I have been given an extraordinary opportunity to be redeemed through the bloodshed of Jesus Christ. While Christmas is a day that many celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is not to be relegated to one day.
Every day should be a day to recognize the birth of Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. The key is understanding that Christ being born to die has eternal relevance, especially for those who make the choice to accept this gift of life. Unfortunately, satan has used many distractions through the media to divert the focus of both the believer and non-believer in the attempt to remove the emphasis on Jesus Christ.
If you have seen any advertisements both before, during, and even after Christmas then you may have seen the concerted focus on materialism. We live in a society that does not push the essence of Jesus Christ’s birth, but rather the focus is on what one must have or purchase. However, the key is not the gifts we buy or get for ourselves.
Isaiah makes it clear when he says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;” This suggests that it was God’s plan that Jesus be given for us in order to break the power of sin over humanity. Christmas shouldn’t be solely about the gifts, friends, family, and great food. While these things have their place and are to be cherished, the overwhelming reason for today and every day’s commemoration is to reflect upon the gift that God gave to us through Jesus Christ.
Even to those who adamantly deny God’s existence, or those who choose to live in their sin, Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection is the gift that is available every single day. His sacrifice on the cross is what closes the chasm between our lives in sin and having a relationship with God. Every Christmas is indeed another reminder that we should be thankful for what we have, but the overarching theme is Jesus Christ.
The world will not elevate the name of Jesus because those who live independently of God are not open to the things of the Holy Spirit. However, when you receive Christ as your Lord & Savior, Christmas and every day begins to take on a new meaning. Christ died for the sinner and the saint. He died for you regardless of what your past or present circumstance is.
However, while the death of Jesus Christ gives us the opportunity to be free from our sin, it is the individual choice we must make to be redeemed. Those who choose to remain in darkness are operating out of condemnation, however, redemption is reserved for those who desire to be made whole and set free.
Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Perhaps you celebrated Christmas with friends, family, and you exchanged gifts – and yet your life was and is missing the most important part and that is Christ. It isn’t too late to receive Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. Many celebrate Christmas with religiosity and tradition, and yet their lives are devoid of the one who can truly give them life and meaning.
Jesus wants to give you life through His sacrifice, but it is up to you. The world continues to prompt us to focus on materialism and aspects of life that are temporal. However, eternal life through Christ is what will last. Choose life today by choosing Jesus. His gift of life is available not just on Christmas day, but every day. God’s gift is available to you if you are willing to accept it.