Christmas is my favourite time of year. There are many reasons for this and I suppose one of the reasons that will be common to many of us is it’s only one of 2 or 3 occasions throughout the year when the majority of my family are together. I love the togetherness; some time off work to relax, to reflect on the year that’s just gone by, the food (one of my favourite communal activities!), enjoying the company of family and friends and to look forward to the year which is fast approaching, God willing.
Christmas means many different things to different people. Most people enjoy Christmas for the reasons I’ve stated above. It’s also a time to get in touch with those we haven’t been able to keep in contact much with over the year; we send Christmas cards to extend a message of love to those we care about. Life gets busy for all of us and we’ll all identify with the fact that we can’t see everyone all the time, as much as we’d like to.
As I’ve been sending cards myself, it got me thinking. Why do we send Christmas cards? Well as I’ve already said, it’s to express a message of love and the fact that the recipient is often in our thoughts, but it also shows that we have some sort of relationship with the person we’re sending the card to. There will be close friends and family, friends we’ve not seen for years and relatives we’ve perhaps not seen for decades. But they’re still in our thoughts and that connection is still there, whether or not we’re able to maintain the relationship much.
But there’s a relationship that’s different from any other which many are led to think about around this time of year; that is our relationship with Jesus. Christmas is a time of celebration and remembrance of the fact that The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth, to be born of a virgin for a specific purpose. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to this world to die for your sin and for my sin. His death on the cross is the most powerful demonstration of love that this world has ever seen and at this time of year, we remember His coming into this world.
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9 v 6
Luke 19 v 10 says “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”. The Lost in that verse refers to every one of us, as the fact all of us have sin in our lives and we are in need of a Saviour. He was born in Bethlehem, lived a perfect life and died a horrific death. And He did it all to reconcile man to God.
There’s so much going on around Christmas time with all the organisation and activities that it’s easy for the modern world to forget about the true meaning of Christmas. This series of blogs over the coming week will focus on the Christmas story; the characters and the events that we read about in The Bible which tell us about Our Saviour, The Lord Jesus. He is the real reason for Christmas and our hope is that even through the reading through the thoughts of some of our members and illustrations from God’s Word, you’ll hear more about the most important man who has ever lived.
Perhaps you've been thinking about God, The Lord Jesus, faith, eternity and other big questions. Maybe this time of year has brought your attention to it. I encourage you to seek Him, to find out more about this man called Jesus. Read God’s Word and learn all about the most important aspects of our life. Come along to Townhead Christian Fellowship to hear more about Him, we’d make you very welcome. In our church we don’t just remember Jesus at Christmas time; as we break bread every Sunday morning we remember everything that He has done for us. We were designed to have a relationship with God and maybe this Christmas, in 2014, will be the season that you put your trust in The Lord Jesus. Trust me, it’s the best decision you could ever make.