If you are going to do it, Christmas is the perfect opportunity.
More than any other time of year, we are all thinking about, considering, or at least open to a conversation centered around the little baby Jesus.
But, it’s often hard to turn that empty greeting card into just the right sentiment expressing our faith.
We’ve drawn inspiration from four different viewpoints of the traditional Christmas story, quoted right from the Bible. Keep reading and we’ll share four simple thoughts that will make writing about your faith this Christmas a little easier.
1. “For unto us a child is born” – Isaiah 9:6
The birth of Jesus changed everything!
Isaiah the prophet just finished predicting the capture and enslavement of God’s chosen people. Then, in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, Isaiah tells his people not to lose hope. A time is coming when it will all be over. Their exile won’t last forever.
Then He does it.
God reveals, through Isaiah, that peace is coming. It will start as a baby boy, but it will never end. His rule extends even until today!
We all live in a world enslaved by sin. Sin simply means that things don’t go as planned. We don’t do things as God has planned. Others don’t seem to follow our plans. Sometimes we don’t even follow our own good plans. Other times, we purposefully try to derail the plans of others. It all results in a world that doesn’t work as it was originally intended too.
It is still not working right today.
But, it won’t be like this forever. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. There is power in his name.
As you write to loved ones and friends this Christmas season, don’t be afraid to write the name of the child that was born, ‘Jesus’. Share his other names, like: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Christmas is a time for celebration. We celebrate that the child has already been born. We don’t have to wait to know Him. We just have to wait to see Him.
2. “And they will call him Immanuel” – Matthew 1:23
Immanuel means “God is with us”.
So often we find ourselves viewing God as being way up there, in the sky.
But the reality is that God is with us, down here. Jesus came down here, from up there. His heavenly body may have gone back up there, but His spirit, the Holy Spirit is still down here with us.
At Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God came back down here, in human form, to be with us. Just like He was with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Granted things were different then. We were different then. The world was different then. But, He came down here and walked around.
As you mail your Christmas cards this season, remind yourself that God is still with us. Remind others that God is still with them, too. We have reason to celebrate this Christmas, because God is with us …all, …here.
God is still with us in the form of His Holy Spirit.
3. “I bring you good news of great joy” – Luke 2:10
These are the words, spoken by an angel, to reassure a frightened group of shepherds.
This isn’t just anyone speaking. Not just some person thinking he’s got something important to say. This angel was watching, and couldn’t hold it in any longer. The angel came to announce the “good news of great joy”.
Reread Luke 2:10. This time, put the emphasis on “I”.
Who is saying this? “I” am. An angel of the Lord is saying this. Someone who has been waiting for this day longer than any human has is saying this. An angel, who has been waiting since the fall of man to see God’s next step revealed. He’s the one speaking.
As you start writing your next Christmas card, think of just how important this ‘good news’ must be. Think of just how great the joy is to know the news that angels were tasked with announcing. Share with someone how this good new brings you great joy.
There are only a few recorded instances in the Bible where we see angels interacting with people. Most of them surround the birth, life, eminent death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Join the angles in bearing witness.
4. “And the Word became flesh” – John 1:14
This one’s usually not part of the Christmas story.
But, it should be.
This little scripture embodies the theological, spiritual, and spacial dilemma that Jesus must have struggled with before he was born, and all the time leading up to His death.
Think about it. As confusing and mind-boggling as it may be, Jesus was already in existence before it even began. Before anything, anywhere, at any time was even created.
He willingly left the place He had always been and chose to come down here, put on the flesh of His creation, and walk around like the rest of us. He chose to relinquish His seat, His power, His position, and His nearness to God.
Send a note to someone this Christmas and let them know that Jesus chose to be born. To become human. He thought enough of you and me and all of mankind in order to restore us and give us a real-life living example to pattern our lives by. He never said it was going to be easy. But, he did show us the way.
It couldn’t have been easy. Leaving the heavenly throne. Leaving His Father.
But, He did it anyway.
He did it because he wanted to obey His Father. And, He did it for us. He became flesh that we may have a glimpse of the possibilities. That it can be done; that we can be reconciled. God is in the restoration business. And it all started with the birth of Jesus.
Now it’s your turn
Grab your Christmas greeting cards and a pen. Do it now before you get distracted.
Write about your faith this Christmas.
Go a little farther than “Jesus is the reason for the season”. Tell them why. Share your story. Share His story.
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