Greg's Notes

The Real Message of Christmas

There are telltale signs it’s Christmas. Lights everywhere. Christmas trees on the tops of cars. Christmas songs playing everywhere. These things remind us that Jesus came to earth and was born in the little town of Bethlehem. But why did Jesus come?

Practical Principles

  1. Jesus was born in a stable to save us from our sin. After Zacchaeus had put his faith in Christ, the Lord said, “Salvation has come to this house today.” Everything changes when you invite Jesus into your home. Jesus saves.
  2. Jesus was born so we would become the friends of God. The birth of Jesus was so there would be the death of Jesus. The incarnation was for the purpose of the atonement. He was born to die, that we might live.
  3. Jesus came to give us life in all of its fullness. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that more abundantly.” He has the meaning of life. Medical science seeks to add years to your life but only Christ can add life to your years and give you a life that is worth living.

Relevant Reminders

  • One of the easiest times to forget Jesus is during the Christmas celebration with all of the rushing about and events that you attend.
  • Research shows that people who give are happier than people who don’t give, so engage in an act of generosity for somebody in need help, somebody that’s hurting.
  • I have discovered that the greatest moments of the holidays aren’t the ones that get all built up in our minds, but rather the in-between moments.
  • The Son of God was born so we might be born again. The Son of God left His home in Heaven so we would have a home in heaven.

Applicable Actions

One of the things I love about Christmas carols is a lot of them have the gospel message in them. One of them, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, has the lyrics “Let every heart prepare Him room. Have you prepared room in your heart for Jesus?