The meaning and significance of Christmas
On December 25, one of the biggest holidays in the world was celebrated around the world. Christmas was over-marketed; it provides excellent business opportunities for many companies, enterprises and other business ventures. It is also the time when gifts of all kinds are shared, homes, offices, churches and other places where people live, work and play are elegantly decorated. Many trips and forms of festivities take place during Christmas.
In short, Christmas has pre-Christian, pagan, traditional, cultural, commercial, Christian and fun dimensions built around it over the years. Many around the world celebrate Christmas without thinking about the origins, meaning and purpose of the Christmas event and history. This article intends to remind all meaning and purpose of Christmas.
The word “Christmas” literally means “Christian mass” meaning a mass (service of holy communion said or sung to celebrate the birth of Christ). Christmas is Jesus Christ, his birth by a virgin, Mary, his mother. We do not know the exact date and time of his birth. But we know he lived and still lives. The account of Jesus’ birth (the nativity) is found in Matthew 1: 18-25 and Luke 2: 1-14.
It is the story of the birth of someone very special. Scripture maintains that he was born of some supernatural means. This is the point in the story of the virgin birth. He was born into a world torn by the powerful against the powerless, the rich against the poor, the oppressors against the oppressed, the sated and the hungry, and strife against peace. He was not born in a big city. He was not born into a rich family.
He was born into a normal family in difficulty. He was born in a manger (where animals feed) because there was no room for his mother, Mary, and stepfather, Joseph, to stay.
Very early on he began to make a difference with his authoritative teachings, his miracles of all kinds, and his ability to draw crowds to him and anger the rich and powerful.
Even those who do not recognize him as divine still acclaim him as a great teacher and one who has pleaded for justice and pleaded for compassion for those who are afflicted in various ways. The Bible testifies that he would do good to as many people as possible (Acts 10:38).
The wickedness of the human heart led him to Calvary where he was cruelly murdered because his enemies, including the secular and religious authorities of the time, could no longer bear him. In a sense, his death was political.
It is because he challenged the status quo. If he had limited himself to praying and fasting for the evils of the world, he probably wouldn’t have been killed in such a horrific way. No priest or prophet gets into trouble praying and fasting for the powers that be, but when one sets out to face injustice and speak the truth, the preacher or prophet is accused of being “political.” ”Or“ to interfere in politics ”.
Nonetheless, of course, on a deeper level, he died because of the wickedness of all human beings. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God ”to quote Isaiah and Paul.
Christmas is God’s greatest gift to mankind. Christmas is sharing, God shares his best with humanity. Christmas on love, joy, peace and goodwill to appropriate and share. In the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people ”(Luke 2: 9-10).
Christmas is peace: “For to us a child is born, for a son is given to us, and the government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace ”(Isaiah 9: 6).
The meaning of Christ is that you and I have the opportunity to receive or re-engage in the cause of Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift to us. The opportunity to know Him personally and experience the joy and peace He brings. To experience the forgiveness and the power that He brings.
To experience the freedom (freedom) and grace that He brings, and to experience and participate in the task of telling others of the blessings He brings to them and the great task of working hard to make this world one. a better and fairer world. If we truly believe in Christmas and what it’s for, then we go out and share the best of our gifts with others, the best of ourselves with others. We then go out and are lovers and promoters of peace.
We then go out and fight for justice and treat others, especially those less fortunate than us, with compassion and practical service that brings relief, freedom and empowerment. Christmas is about love, peace, joy, justice, forgiveness, patience and personal sacrifice for the good of others. God gave us his best; share the best of ourselves with others and our hungry world.