Minister’s Forum: The real meaning of Christmas
The Christmas season has always been my favorite time of the year. As a child, I treasured the feeling and atmosphere that came with Christmas. I enjoyed the gathering of family, eating food, watching football and, oh, yes, the presents. I remember being aware that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus Christ but never realized the true significance of the message.
Not until many years later did I come to realize that Christmas is another one of many invitations to the greatest gift we can receive. The Christmas season is one that reminds us of the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world.
John 4:13-14, New Kings James Version:
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
As water is necessary to human survival and thirsting is a basic human instinct, Jesus draws the conclusion that eternal life will only be found through him. I pray that all who read this today will spend a moment and ask themselves whether they know the greatest gift in the world.
Take some time this Christmas to acknowledge the blessings that the Lord has given us – big or small. Cherish the time with your family and think back upon the real meaning of Christmas. Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior? If not, ask him, Jesus Christ, to be a fountain of living water in your life.
– David Hallam is a pastor at Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship.