Part I of the “Reason For the Season” series.
– Joshua De Gracia
As Christmas is only a day away, we have seen the colorful lights around town, the mad shopping rush for presents and the simple “busyness” of the holiday season. Now is the time to stop and reflect just why we really celebrate this time of the year. Yes, the opening gifts and dinners with friends with family are great, but as Christians, we need to remember the real meaning of Christmas and the “real” reason we are celebrating.
If there were no Jesus, there would be no Christmas.
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
21In his name the nations will put their hope.“
God sent His one and only son to live amongst us in the flesh so that we may have a hope and a future.
I don’t know about you guys but I love Christmas. I love walking around town looking at the lights, enjoying in its festivities, dressing up with warm clothes and scarves and of course singing Christmas songs. The songs are a testament in itself. You think of the key words or verses that you may actually know about certain songs such as, “Joy to the world” or “Hark, the herald angels sing” or “Emmanuel.” I’ll be honest, “hark, the herald angels sing..fa la la la” are the only words of the song I actually know. You can use these songs as a evangelistic tool when you hang out with your friends. I’m serious, take a time out and realize the real meaning of what the songs are about. Jesus! Next time you’re at a dinner, driving in the car or shopping with friends and they start singing, ask them if they know the meaning behind the song. To get people to get to know Him, all we need is an open door of opportunity and this may be it.
Christmas is one of the two major “open-times” I like to call them (the other being Easter) when people actually attend church. Be bold and courageous and take that step to invite someone to come to a relationship with Him. These next few days, give your friend or family the best gift of all—the gospel of Jesus. Remember the ONE who is the reason for the season and use this time to do as God intended and spread His word to the world.
To all of you..Merry Christmas on behalf of team KnowGodKnowLove