The Real Meaning of Christmas

There’s much more to Christmas than homemade goodies, holiday shopping, cheerful decorations and making wish lists for Santa. The true meaning of Christmas is found in Jesus Christ. It’s a celebration about His birth and what it means for each of us.

Christ’s birth was different because of Who He is. Jesus came to earth as God in human flesh. An angel announced His coming by telling His mother Mary, “He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus’ birth was unlike any other.

Jesus is also special for what He did. God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross. He lived a life without sin so His death was a perfect sacrifice—paying for the sins of those who believe in Him.

The Bible says, “Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8).

The gifts we give at Christmas remind us of God’s gift and His love for us so we give gifts to express our love to those dear to us. It’s OK to get excited about family gatherings and gifts, but don’t lose sight of the real meaning in all the frenzy. There’s no Christmas without Christ. Knowing Him can bring fulfillment to every other day of the year.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?