The bright, burning flame, the colorful tree, stuffed stockings, and gifts under the tree – these are some of the things I remember about Christmas growing up. Yet the most significant tradition I remember in my household was attending the annual Christmas worship service at church. The privilege of partaking in a time of remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ with my mother, father, and older sister was, without a doubt, an impactful moment for me. I had grown up in the church my whole life, and being taught of Christ’s virgin birth on Earth showed me the humility of our Lord. I believe seeing the selfless role He took as fully God, yet also fully man, made way for me to truly accept Christ as my personal savior. Hebrews 2:17 tells us this:
On a personal level, Christmas today means continuing the celebration of Jesus’ birth with my family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Christmas is not about expecting to receive a certain number of gifts from those around me. Christmas is not about the reindeer, the songs, Santa Claus, and the food. Christmas is about recognizing the greatest gift was already given to us, and that gift is Christ and Christ alone. Christmas also gives me a heart of gratitude for the great qualities that came with Jesus: salvation, redemption, justification, and propitiation, just to name a few. As the sign of Jesus was a promise for believers to enter into the new covenant, I now have the opportunity to respond in faith and offer my life up to Him.
2017 has been one of the most difficult years for me. Disappointment, constant failure, and fear of the future left me feeling anxious and doubtful. Yet through this winter season, God has constantly revealed to me that though I may experience times of struggle and difficulty, He is always there. I do not have to hope in the temporary things of the world. I can place my full trust in Him. He is the author of my future, and my solid foundation amidst rough waters. I pray that we would all be mindful of the fact that it is all about Christ. May we remember the significance of His birth, which is a sign for new life. May we look forward for the year 2018, and the many blessings Christ has in store for us.