CHRISTmas: It’s All 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.


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 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)

Merry Christmas!

Give Thanks To The Lord

A Short Thanksgiving Devotional by Ricky Hemme

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 ESV)

Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, people from all around the U.S. gather together with family and friends to share a meal, and reflect upon God’s provision and loving kindness. It is the one time of year, where we slow down and take a good look at our lives, and remember all the ways that God has richly blessed us.  This holiday is a stunning 392 years old, but this practice of annual thanksgiving is not unique to America.

A Meal of Thanksgiving in the Bible

The people of the Bible had their own annual meal of Thanksgiving. Every year in the month of Nisan, Israelites traveled with friends and family to Jerusalem to worship God and share a meal. This feast of Thanksgiving is called the Passover. The Passover feast commemorated God’s faithfulness over the years and highlighted in particular His act of freeing them from slavery in Egypt. Without God’s hand, they would never be a nation, and most of all, without God’s provision of atonement they would never be forgiven of sin. God’s people were spared the judgment which came upon the land of Egypt only through the substitutionary death of a perfect lamb. There is no doubt this annual feast was a time of serious reflection.

As families from around the country made their journey to Jerusalem, it was tradition to sing songs on the road. Many of these songs are recorded in your Bible in the book of Psalms. Some start with the small caption, “A Song of Ascent.” These songs prepared the hearts of the people for the feast, and they were gladly sung by friends and family on the road up to Jerusalem. No matter from what direction you came, North or South, Jerusalem was an ascent. Hint: “A Song of Ascent”

Take a Moment to Reflect

This year, I encourage you to reflect upon some of these Psalms in preparation for your Thanksgiving meal. Most of these Psalms can be found between Psalm 119 and 136. Like the Israelites, prepare your heart by looking back at God’s faithfulness and loving-kindness over the years. Most of all reflect upon his provision of atonement. God demonstrated his love for you by sending his Son into this world to die as your Passover Lamb. When you trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross, God’s wrath passes over you, so that instead of judgment, you are received as a beloved child. Give thanks this Thanksgiving. God is worthy of your praise.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 ESV)