EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT JESUS!
I love Christmas! This season brings me the greatest joy because it’s the one time of year where the whole world is talking about Jesus! He is everywhere you go! It is so exciting that whether you are in the mall, a coffee shop, a grocery store, or school, Jesus’ name is being proclaimed. Even though I love gifts, good food, and hanging with family, above all, I love what Christmas stands for. It’s a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus the Messiah.
WHY IS JESUS SUCH A BIG DEAL?
The question we need to ask ourselves is, why is Jesus such a big deal? What makes Jesus so special that the whole world dedicates a season to him?
Christmas always reminds me of the fact that Jesus is the most popular person in world. I heard one pastor say that more songs have been sung to him, paintings painted of him, and books written about him than any other person in history. He is so significant in fact that we actually measure time by him. Our calendar is divided into the years before and after his birth. (B.C. meaning before Christ and A.D. meaning anno dommini or “in the year of our LORD.”) So why Jesus?
JESUS IS MORE THAN JUST A MAN!
Jesus isn’t just any old man. He is the God-man! Every other man who has ever lived pales in comparison because Jesus is God incarnate, God in the flesh. The Bible gives Jesus a very important title, Messiah (or Christ). Messiah means the anointed one of God. In the Bible, the Messiah is the hope of the world. The world needs a Savior: Jesus is the prefect Savior and King that the world needs.
That being said, it is important to understand that Jesus didn’t just magically appear one day. He didn’t parachute into Israel. Instead, there is a whole historical story that leads up to his miraculous birth. There is a story, rooted in history, that takes place over thousands of years, a story that is faithfully recorded in the pages of the Old Testament, a story that finds its climax in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
What’s amazing is that the whole Bible is about Jesus the Messiah. He is the hero that everyone needs, which brings us to the true message of Christmas. The message of Christmas is, IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS! He is not just the reason for the season; he is the reason for everything. I like Christmas because it helps direct us back to what really matters. There are a lot of great things in this world but without Jesus, you are missing the greatest thing that this world has to offer. What really matters is having a personal relationship with Creator God. This relationship was made available through the birth of a little boy in a small town called Bethlehem. I encourage you on this holiday to not forget that Christmas is about more than toys and good food. CHRISTmas is all about Jesus!
“For to us a child is born, to 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.” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)