What is Christmas really all about?

Christmas is not just about decorations and the giving of presents, although these are nice. Christmas is about Jesus Christ coming to this earth over 2000 years ago.

Jesus is the very God who took on human flesh and dwelt among us (Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-14, 1 Tim. 3:16). Isaiah 9:6 says Jesus will be called "mighty God". In John 1:1-14 it says that "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God". Then, in verse 14, it reads, "the Word (Jesus) was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory". In 1 Tim. 3:16 we read that God was manifest in the flesh.

This all happened because mankind disobeyed God, became sinful, and needed a savior (Romans 3:23). Jesus is the only savior of mankind (1 Tim. 2:5).

In John 14:6, Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me". Many people have memorized John 3:16 which says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". We need to keep Christ in Christmas. The most important issue in our lives is our relationship to God. Nothing in life is more important than this.

We can only come into a right relationship with God through Christ (1 Tim 2:5). Jesus is our savior because he was crucified and shed his blood to pay the penalty for our sins (Rom.5:8; Heb.1:1-3, 9:14, 12:2; 1 John 1:7). To come into a right relationship with God we must have repentance (confess our sinfulness) toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21; 2 Peter 3:9).

Where are we in God's time table? According to scripture, I feel we are living in the last days. Hopeful and waiting for Jesus' soon return.

Laury Lange