Look to Jesus this Christmas
As Christmas approaches, hopefully you have finished all your shopping, cards and most of your presents are wrapped. Now it’s time to sit back and push away from the busyness of Christmas and reflect on the first Christmas and remember what it’s all about. What the first Christmas brought was Jesus, but it also brought peace and joy. Because of that, just maybe our celebration of Christmas should be full of Jesus, peace and joy.
One of my favorite stories is about a woman in her busyness to do her last minute Christmas shopping, bought the first box of Christmas cards that had an appealing picture on the front. Without bothering to read the inside she quickly signed and mailed all but one of them. A few days later she came across that extra card and sat down to read the message inside. To her horror she read: “This card is to say…. A little gift is on the way.”
The lesson; don’t be overwhelmed with the holiday or things may get worse. Rather, keep your perspective on Christmas. How can you keep your perspective? How do you keep yourself from becoming a Grinch? Look to Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2-3 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Jesus is more then the babe of Bethlehem, he’s the one who came to die for the sins of all mankind. Have you looked to him? Have you considered what he has done? The Christmas message was one given to shepherds, working men, ordinary people, and that message is as relevant today as then. The Christmas message was declared by the angels.
Luke 2:10 reads, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Three wonderful aspects of that message, first “good news.” The world needs some good news, the word “gospel” means good news and the best news is that the savior has been born and born with a purpose, to brings us access to God. When sin keeps us away from God, Jesus Christ brings us close. Second, “Great joy.” Christmas is a happy time for many, but for some it’s not, it brings depression and loneness. But joy is different then happiness. Joy is an inner experience, where happiness might be based on your circumstances. Joy comes from inside and from your relationship with God.
Finally, “All the people,” the message of Christmas is one of salvation for as many as would come. The Christmas message from our perspective is to “whosoever comes.” Christ did not come for the elite, but for all the people.
In a day when many hearts are heavy because of circumstances and troubles, there is a powerful, wonderful, relevant message, from Jesus.
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Come to him for peace, like the shepherds came and found everything exactly as they had been told. Come to Jesus, come by faith, and you will find his promises are exactly as he has said. That’s good news. Merry Christ-Mas.
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.