As Christmas approaches, streets adorned with twinkling lights and homes filled with the warmth of festive decorations remind us that Christmas is just around the corner. Amidst the hustle and bustle of gift shopping and holiday preparations, it is crucial to pause and reflect on the real reason for Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is not merely a time for exchanging gifts and indulging in delicious feasts; it is a celebration of the profound love and grace of God, manifested in the birth of His Son, Jesus. The Bible tells us in Luke 2:10-11, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'”
The birth of Jesus is the fulfilment of the divine promise—a promise of redemption, hope, and eternal life. It is a reminder that, despite our shortcomings and sins, God loves us unconditionally. The real reason for Christmas lies in the acknowledgement of this incredible gift of love and the salvation that it brings to humanity.
During the secular celebrations, Christians are called to recenter their focus on the nativity story. The humble setting of the stable, the radiant star guiding the shepherds and wise men, and the angelic proclamation of “Glory to God in the highest” all bear witness to the extraordinary nature of Jesus’ birth. It is a story of humility, simplicity, and the accessibility of God’s love to all.
As we exchange presents with loved ones and gather around the Christmas tree, let us not forget the ultimate gift—the gift of God’s Son. This season encourages us to emulate the divine example of selfless love, compassion, and generosity. Just as God gave us His best in the form of Jesus, we are inspired to give our best to others.
Beyond the festivities, Christmas invites believers to reflect on their spiritual journey and draw closer to the heart of God. It is an opportunity to deepen one’s faith, to express gratitude for the gift of salvation, and to share the good news with those who may not yet know the true reason for the season.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the extraordinary love of God, revealed in the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a season of joy, hope, and salvation—a divine invitation for humanity to experience the transformative power of God’s love. As we exchange greetings of “Merry Christmas,” may we also share the message of the real reason for the season—the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.