What does Christmas mean to you? Christmas trees, Santa Claus, pressies, eating too much on Christmas day, family time and maybe even that classic Christmas movie, Die Hard; the list goes on. Well for me, Christmas means almost all of the above. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of Santa, because I see Christmas as a Christian festival, a time where we can all share and feel closer.
Christmas traditionally is the date Jesus was born and with him the hope for the future. To a certain extent, his hope has been lost in the myriad of commercialism and other images. However, if we look closely, there’s so much that does fill the heart with joy. Often it’s when we listen to Christmas carols, it’s the one time we go to church, it’s a time when we try extra hard to be nice to each other.
Tomorrow evening, I’ll be visiting the church I used to go to as a kid where my father still goes. It’s that time where lots of “strangers” come to worship, where they feel welcomed, festive and full of cheer. But there is also a biblical message which is often told too and it goes like this:
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke Chapter 2, verse 11.
As Christians, we believe in the salvation of Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Now that’s what I call a real message of Christmas, because I believe that life is not simple 80 years or so, it’s infinite. The journey that started in an manger and not a ward in the local hospital says so much about humbleness, that Jesus is for everyone and that he cares.
So I encourage you to find your local church and work out if they have an evening service and be filled with joy.