One thing I love about December is the extra focus on Jesus Christ as we celebrate Christmas. We read the Christmas story at church about how God sent his one and only son to atone for our sins. It’s a story about God’s unending love for us so we may spend eternity with Him. It’s the meaning of Christmas, the real meaning.
There are many ways to study Christ at Christmas time. You can spend a lot of time reading all the Bible passages that mention Christ, or you could get into some deeper theology by studying Jesus’ whole life and ministry. One thing is for sure: there’s plenty to learn!
Studying Christ at Christmas time is very important because it helps us better understand the gospel and God’s love for us – which should be our primary focus during this season.
How I used to celebrate Christmas
Growing up, Christmas was never about the Savior. It was when the seasonal Christmas shopping began. The true meaning of the season was lost on me.
We focused on gifts not knowing that Jesus was the real gift. I knew the Christmas story and how baby Jesus came on Christmas morning but there wasn’t much discussion after that.
I shamefully admit that Christmas for me was focused on having an Instagram-worthy decor and instead of focusing on the Heavenly Host, I wanted to be the best host. My sin nature kept me from the real meaning of Christmas. I’m more conscious of the sinful state in which I live and how much Jesus did for me on the Cross. The true meaning of Christmas is found in Him!
I’m thankful that God has used my family to show me the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus Christ. As we study His life and ministry, let’s take a deeper look at what He did for us and how much He loves us. Our family spends time preparing for the true meaning of Christmas together by learning more about God’s love through His Word.
It’s important to me that my children understand why we are celebrating this time of year and who is really at the center of it all: Jesus! We all know that Jesus is the reason for the season but it’s easy to get distracted by other things.
This Christmas, I want you and your family to take time out of your busy schedule and study Christ together at this special time of year. He came into our world not just as a baby born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago; He came to show us a better way of life and eternal hope.
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The Christmas Story: the real meaning of Christmas
Most people see the beginning and the end of the Christmas story as Jesus’ birth. However, I challenge you that the good news of Jesus’ birth does not start and end with a baby wrapped in a manger.
The best place to start is in the Old Testament with Abraham and Sarah.
The Christmas story starts when God promised a child would come from their family line to bless all people on earth. When this promise was first made, it seemed impossible because they were too old for children. The Lord assured them that He could do anything so they believed His word and waited on God to fulfill His promise.
This story is important because it sets the stage for what was to come later – a Savior who would be born from their family line, now known as the Jews.
The Christmas story continues with the angel appearing to Mary and telling her that she would conceive a child through God’s Holy Spirit. God was sending his one and only Son to atone for our sins. The Christmas story didn’t end with Jesus’ birth; it ended on the cross where God continued loving us enough to send His only son who died for our salvation.
The Gift of Eternal Life from Jesus Christ
This Christmas we are going to focus on the eternal life we are given. That’s the real Christmas story. It’s the story that continues every day of our lives.
Rather than focusing on a baby in a manger, let’s focus on Jesus’ whole life and ministry to better understand His love for us. It is only by understanding who He really is can we know God’s heart.
I pray this December you will find the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not about exchanging gifts but seeing how God demonstrated His love for us by sending his only begotten Son to this world to pay a price we could never pay. It’s a story that goes back to the beginning of time and will continue until His return.
In your family, I pray you can spend quality time studying Christ together this Christmas so it becomes more than just about Santa Clause or Rudolph! Let us study Jesus’ whole life and ministry rather than focusing on other things. May we stand in awe of the One who is not only Savior but also our Lord and King.
My family just grabbed some of the Christmas devotionals and study guides from The Daily Grace Co. to help put us in the Christmas Spirit and let me tell you, they are gorgeous. The content is fantastic but the imagery really makes it fun to use. We grabbed the His and Hers guides as well as the storybook and the family devotional. I promise you and your family will love them.
I hope you have a blessed Christmas time!