Celebrate Jesus: The Reason for the Season
The Christmas season is truly one of "the most wonderful times of the year." So much goes on during the Christmas season. It is one of the most enjoyable but busy times of the year. Retail stores are packed with people beginning Black Friday and ending around the New year. People are rushing to finish up deadlines before the Christmas vacations. Students are trying to get all their work done before Christmas break so that they do not have homework during their two weeks of no school. Churches are busy practicing for Christmas cantatas and Christmas musicals. Townspeople are busy finding the perfect Christmas tree to put in their living room. People are busy decorating their houses with lights and reindeer and snowmen and so many other items. Wives, moms and grandmas are busy pulling out all their recipies for homemade breads, pies, cakes, and cookies. Christmas is such a great time of the year. I love every part of it from the shopping to the cooking to visiting of family to singing of Christmas carols to the decorating of the house. I Love It all!!!!!!!
Although Christmas is one of the funnest and most enjoyable times of the year, the sad part is that Someone gets left out so often in all the Christmas planning. What makes it even more sad is that the Person Who gets left out if the Person Whom the holiday is all about. This Person I speak of is Jesus Christ. Christmas is not about all the shopping, decorating, cooking, vacationing, visiting. Christmas is about a Person and that Person is Jesus Christ. We celebrate His birth on Christmas. Nobody enjoys having his birthday come around and having nobody take the time to say "Happy Birthday" or at least recognize him in some one. I believe that Jesus is no different. Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON!!!!! Since Jesus is what Christmas is all about, how can we take the time to show Him that He truly is the reason for the season?
1. Take time to thank Jesus for being born that Christmas morning
If Jesus never came to earth, there would be no Christmas. If He never came, there would never be a Calvary and we would not enjoy the blessing of salvation. Thank Him for coming. Because He came, lived, died, and rose again, salvation was made possible.2. Take time to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas day
We all enjoy having people sing Happy Birthday to us on our birthday. Take time to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus because we are celebrating His birth after all
3. Take time to make Jesus a cake or a pie for His birthday
I love cake, especially birthday cakes. This is just another was to make Jesus' birthday special.
4. Take time to visit Jesus' house this Christmas season
There is no better time to attend church than during the Christmas season. I believe a Christian should attend church whenever the doors are open; I believe even more strongly that the Christmas season should be a time to fully get plugged into church and its ministries. Take time to get to God's house on His birthday. (You enjoy it when people come to your house on your birthday)
5. Tell other people Merry Christmas
We are living in a society that is trying to remove Christ and God from about everything. I am sick and tired of hearing "Season's Greeting" and "Happy Holidays." Stop trying to be politically correct and just say MERRY CHRISTMAS! (AMEN)
6. Read the Christmas story prior to opening Christmas gifts
Jesus comes before presents. Take time to read the story of how Christ was born prior to opening gifts. It is just a way to show Jesus that He is first.
7. Have a part in the Christmas offering at your church
This is often called a "Christmas gift to Jesus" offering at many churches. We all spend money to get gifts for one another. This Christmas, set aside some money to give Jesus a Christmas gift.
8. Decorate your house with some type of manger scene
9. Live as a Christian should this Christmas season
There is no better gift you can give Jesus this Christmas than living like a Christian. This Christmas, let the world see Jesus in you.