If I only say Merry Christmas to you I won’t be saying what I really wish you… I wish you Christ!

Christmas is a wonderful season. We filled our homes with lights and decorations – they are so beautiful but only used for Christmas…

There is a special excitement in the air – there is so much joy! And music all around us. Out of the radio and the local stores’ speakers songs about Jesus are played – but they’re allowed only on Christmas season. For the rest of the world, once Christmastime is over, Christ will be put aside along with the lights and the decorations.

This Christmas, I wish you Christ!

People greet each other with big smiles on their faces and wish them a MERRY CHRISTMAS even thou they have never seen each other before. The rest of the year they are nothing but strangers to each other.

People give! They want to help the poor, the needy, the widows and orphans – they remember them but ONLY on Christmas.

Families seek for reconciliation and ask for forgiveness – husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, friend – but only for Christmas.

  • But what if every day was Christmas day?
  • What if every day our hearts were filled with joy and compassion?
  • What if the lights of our lives and homes will bright people’s lives around us?
  • What if our smiles and gifts would make a difference in people’s lives every day? If we would care for the less unfortunate, we would certainly be more grateful for what we have.
  • What if we would love and cherish our family and friends in such a manner that we would never do anything to hurt them so we wouldn’t have to ask for forgiveness and be reconciled ever again? We could live in peace and harmony every day. Our marriages and our relationship with our children will be much stronger – our homes would be filled with joy and laughter.

I wish you Christ because He is the reason for this season!

Without Jesus, this holiday makes no sense. On Christmas, we are celebrating our Lord’s birth but unfortunately many don’t realize that – they don’t know the birthday boy- they don’t know Jesus. Our focus shouldn’t be on the Christmas trees, nor on the presents under it but on the cross where the greatest gift was ever given to us.

“For God so love the world that He GAVE His only begotten son so whosoever believe in Him shall never perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16

Yes, this is a season of giving! And is only here because God so loved us that He GAVE us Jesus!

But who is this Jesus? And what difference does He make in my life?

Isa 9:6-7a 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, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (7a) Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end…

But how can the birth of this baby in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago make difference in my life today?

Jesus is the light of the world!

Joh 8:12  Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus is the way, the truth. and the life!

Joh 14:6  Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.

Joh 10:1-18  Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber.  (2)  But he who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  (3)  The doorkeeper opens to him, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  (4)  And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him. For they know his voice.  (5)  And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  (6)  Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they did not understand what it was which He spoke to them.  (7)  Then Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  (8)  All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.  (9)  I am the door. If anyone enters in by Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.  (10)  The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  (11)  I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.  (12)  But he who is a hireling and not the shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away. And the wolf catches them and scatters the sheep.  (13)  The hireling flees, because he is a hireling and does not care for the sheep.  (14)  I am the Good Shepherd, and I know those that are Mine, and I am known by those who are Mine.  (15)  Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep.  (16)  And I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.  (17)  Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I might take it again.  (18)  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment from My Father.

Jesus is the door! He is the Good Shepherd! He came to give you life, and life more abundantly!

Isa 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Almighty LORD is with me because the LORD has anointed me to deliver good news to humble people. He has sent me to heal those who are brokenhearted, to announce that captives will be set free and prisoners will be released. 2 He has sent me to announce the year of the LORD’S good will and the day of our God’s vengeance, to comfort all those who grieve. 3 He has sent me to provide for all those who grieve in Zion, to give them crowns instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of tears of grief, and clothes of praise instead of a spirit of weakness. They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, the Plantings of the LORD, so that he might display his glory.

Jesus came to deliver us, to heal our broken heart, to comfort us, to dry all of our tears, to give us a crown instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of tears and clothe us with praises!!

I wish you Christ because He came to carry your burdens and to give you peace!

Mat 11:28  Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

No wonder, during this Christmas season we can find so much joy, hope and peace as people sing about that Silent Night, about the babe in a manger, the Saviour of the World and brings Joy to the World, oh come, oh come Emmanuel (God with us)! – Even tough people most of the time don’t even mean the words that they are singing, imagine how it would be if everyone really meant it! Imagine how this world would be if we started to exalt the name of Jesus everywhere, every day… Just imagine if this joy, hope and peace “the Spirit of Christmas” was experienced on a daily basis. If people were kind and giving and forgiving all the time!

My question is: What if it was Christmas every day? We could do that! It is a choice that does not depend on any calendar – it only depends on us! As I said, it’s a choice.

I wish you Christ because without Him there is no salvation.

Jesus’ name means SALVATION. He is the door… the way – there is no other way to God the Father but through His son Jesus. He is the only one that can forgive all of our sins, reconcile us with our Heavenly Father and give us a new life.

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 10:8-13 But what does it say? “The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;  (9)  Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  (10)  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.  (11)  For the Scripture says, “Everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame.”  (12)  For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call on Him.  (13)  For everyone, “whoever shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

So, dear friend, this Christmas, I wish you the best gift of all – I wish you Christ!

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