WE ALL have different reflections on the meaning of Christmas.
To most, it is a heartwarming time with family and friends.
To many children, it’s about presents and Santa.
For our retailers it’s a season when everyone wants to buy that special person a gift that tells of their love.
It was God’s love that brought about the first Christmas.
Isaiah wrote these words some 700 years before Jesus’s birth “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Christmas for me (who became a follower of Jesus at 44 years of age), is about reflecting on what God has done for me in sending His Son; to be born in poverty in a small despised town, to die upon the cross that I might have eternal life.
It’s about family, friends and rejoicing in the love and mateship.
Jesus said of himself in Luke 4 that He came to heal the brokenhearted, to release those that are bound up in hurtful and life-destroying bondages, to give sight to those whose world is dark and hopeless.
At Christmas I take the opportunity to look back and reflect just how true those words are in my life and give thanks that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’’
Christmas also reminds me to look forward to the promises that Jesus is coming back, not as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes but as a King who will rule with fairness and justice to destroy the wickedness in this current world.
Enjoy this Christmas, celebrate with those around you and reflect on just what is the meaning of life.