The Real Joy of Christmas
Every year during the Christmas season we see big crowds lined up to get Black Friday specials and all throughout the season there is a rush to find the best gifts to give so that we may bring joy to our loved ones. It seems as though each Christmas season the real significance of Christmas gets lost among the insignificant things of Christmas.
It was much the same over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born. The world at that time was focused on the exploits of the great Roman Empire and knew nothing of a baby being born in the lowly town of Bethlehem. However, the Bible tells us that the real joy of Christmas is Jesus.
Luke 2:10-11 tells of the angel’s message to the shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus. That same message brings us real hope and real joy this Christmas season in a way that the things of this world never will. Verses 10-11 declare:” Do not be afraid; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ, the King.”
I love those verses and I still get goose bumps every time I read them. For in these verses, we are being reminded that with Jesus there is nothing to fear and that He alone is the only lasting source of joy and hope. These verses encourage my heart and remind me that no matter what you or I may be facing today we have hope in Jesus. That hope is described in the Bible as an “anchor” that keeps us steady through the storms of life.
With that kind of hope available to us through Jesus, then can we experience the real joy of Christmas each and every day of the year! I pray that we would all be reminded not to get caught up in the insignificant things that go on this Christmas but rather celebrate the real reason for this season - Jesus!
I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and I pray that you will make some memories with your families this year that you will cherish forever.