“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV).
This is a well-known scripture verse for most Christian believers even for some new converts.
The question is, do we take time to reflect on the meaning of this verse and the verses that follow?
This is the promise of salvation to all humanity and actually the origin of the Christmas that is celebrated worldwide.
If God the father did not have so much love for fallen mankind and sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save us from sin and eternal damnation, there would not have been any Christmas to celebrate.
It was the great love of the Father towards us that led to the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6,
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV).
However, people are so preoccupied with house cleaning and painting and shopping that the real reason for the season is almost forgotten.
There are people who are not Christians who admit that they love Christmas, but say they are not interested in the religious aspect of Christmas.
Another question is, what is the religious aspect of Christmas?
Perhaps, they do not want to hear about Jesus Christ but they just love the hype and ambience surrounding the Christmas season.
There is great need to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and use it as a time of evangelism instead of arguing about if Jesus Christ was actually born in December or not.
Precious time should not be spent in unnecessary debates or arguments about when Jesus Christ was born but rather on the purpose of his birth and the salvation message.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, make the season worthwhile through evangelism and sharing with the needy around you.
Let the unbelievers know about Jesus Christ not just about his birthday but why his birthday is celebrated around the world.
Christmas celebration can be an everyday occurrence by sharing with the poor and needy all year round and not waiting for a specific date. That is what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would expect from us.
Showing love and kindness to all we come in contact with.
To God alone be all the glory in Jesus’ mighty name.