What is Christmas all about? Although December 25 is only a symbolic date, we know that Christmas has to do with Jesus Christ’s arrival on Planet Earth. Why did He come? Why was He born? What led Him to leave the comforts of heaven to appear in the flesh on this dark and dreary planet?
One of your most important tasks as a church pastor, elder, or leader is to teach your flocks about who Jesus is and why He came. So, it is especially appropriate during the Christmas season to ask again why the Incarnation took place. Why did Jesus visit this planet, and what did He seek to do while here?
Christian leaders must get Christmas right. They must have a clear grasp of what the Bible says about the first coming of Christ. If we get this wrong, we will get everything else about Christianity wrong as well. During the Christmas season, the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season” is repeated often. While this is true, the reality is that Jesus is the reason for all seasons. Luke 2:11 reminds everyone the reason for the season, saying, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, I hope that you will take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He willingly came to this earth to die on the cross for our sins. That’s right! He loves us that much!
But Jesus is not just the reason for the season; He’s the reason for everything good. So then, what is the reason for Christmas? We are also the reason He came. We are the reason He died.
As you celebrate Christmas, remember its real purpose. It isn’t just a time to reflect on the Baby born in Bethlehem so long ago. That Baby was God in the flesh. He was born to die for you and me. Jesus was so willing to do whatever was required to redeem us from Satan and sin that He humbled Himself even unto death on a cross! That is what Christmas is all about!
So, during this season, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! This Christmas, take out your Bible, pray that God will speak to you, and let His words inspire in you the spirit of Christmas, honoring Jesus Christ with your life, all year long. Merry Christmas!