As we prepare for Christmas, remember Jesus the true reason for the season

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By Obinna SMOG Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)

The Christmas season is a time of joy, celebration, and tradition. It is a time when families come together, gifts are exchanged, and homes are adorned with festive decorations. Many people have to travel far and wide to be with their family ones in different states, countries and locations. In fact, the Christmas season is full of all sorts of celebrations, and special food, delicacies and drinks are not left out in the merry of this annual season.

But in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, it is important to remember the true reason for the season – Jesus Christ. He is the central figure of Christmas, the embodiment of love, hope, and salvation. In this comprehensive article, we will delve into the significance of Jesus as the reason for the Christmas season. From his birth to his message, we will explore the profound impact that Jesus has on this festive time of year.

The Birth of Jesus: A Miracle of Hope

The birth of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Christmas story. It is a miraculous event that brings hope to the world. In the Gospel of Luke, we learn of the humble circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth. Mary and Joseph, guided by the will of God, traveled to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born in a stable, surrounded by animals. This humble beginning is a testament to the love and humility that Jesus embodies.

The birth of Jesus fulfilled ancient prophecies and brought hope to a world in need. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This prophecy foretold the birth of Jesus, who would bring peace and salvation to humanity. It is through Jesus that we find hope and redemption.

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Jesus’ Message of Love and Salvation

Jesus’ birth is not just a historical event; it is a profound message of love and salvation. In John 3:16, we are reminded of the ultimate act of love – God sending His son Jesus to the world, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. This message of love is at the core of the Christmas season.

Jesus came to Earth to offer salvation for all humanity. He preached about the Kingdom of God, teaching love, forgiveness, and compassion. His teachings emphasized the importance of loving one another, caring for the poor and marginalized, and seeking righteousness. During the Christmas season, we can reflect on Jesus’ message of love and strive to embody those values in our interactions with others.

The Commercialization of Christmas

In today’s society, it is easy to get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas. The focus often shifts from Jesus to materialistic pursuits. The pressure to buy extravagant gifts, decorate elaborately, and partake in excessive consumerism can overshadow the true meaning of Christmas. However, we must remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

As Christians, it is essential that we resist the temptation to prioritize material possessions and instead focus on the spiritual significance of Christmas. Jesus’ birth represents the greatest gift of all – the gift of salvation and eternal life. By keeping Jesus at the center of our celebrations, we can find true joy and fulfillment during the Christmas season.

Making Jesus the Focal Point of Christmas

While it is easy to get swept up in the busyness of the holiday season, there are various ways we can make Jesus the focal point of Christmas. Here are seven practical suggestions to help you keep Jesus at the center of your celebrations:

  1. Daily Reflection and Prayer
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Take time each day to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ birth and engage in prayer. Set aside a few moments to read scripture, meditate on the nativity story, and offer prayers of gratitude for the gift of Jesus. This daily practice will help you cultivate a deeper connection with Jesus throughout the Christmas season.

  1. Attend Church Services

Attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day church services with your family. Participate in worship, hear sermons that focus on the birth of Jesus, and join in singing traditional Christmas hymns. These services provide an opportunity to gather as a community of believers and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

  1. Share the Story of Jesus

Take the time to share the story of Jesus’ birth with your loved ones. Gather around the Christmas tree or dinner table and read the nativity story from the Gospel of Luke. Discuss the significance of Jesus’ arrival and the impact it has had on your life. This simple act of sharing can help keep Jesus at the forefront of your celebrations.

  1. Engage in Acts of Kindness and Giving

Emulate the love and compassion that Jesus exemplified by engaging in acts of kindness and giving. Volunteer at a local charity, donate to those in need, or take part in a community service project. By actively demonstrating love and generosity, you are reflecting the spirit of Jesus’ teachings during the Christmas season.

  1. Create a Nativity Scene

Set up a nativity scene in your home as a visual reminder of Jesus’ birth. Display figurines of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the shepherds. This sacred representation can serve as a focal point for reflection and a tangible reminder of the true reason for the season.

  1. Incorporate Christian Symbols in Decorations

As you decorate your home for Christmas, incorporate Christian symbols that remind you of Jesus. Hang ornaments with crosses, angels, or stars. Display artwork or scriptures that depict the nativity. By intentionally incorporating these symbols, you create an environment that keeps Jesus at the forefront of your celebrations.

  1. Prioritize Quality Time with Loved Ones
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Amidst the busyness of the season, prioritize quality time with your loved ones. Engage in meaningful conversations, share meals together, and create cherished memories. By fostering deep connections with those around you, you are embodying Jesus’ message of love and creating a Christmas celebration rooted in meaningful relationships.

In conclusion, as we enter the Christmas season, let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Amidst the commercialization and distractions, we must strive to keep Jesus at the center of our celebrations. By reflecting on Jesus’ birth, embracing his message of love and salvation, and making intentional efforts to prioritize Him in our traditions, we can experience the true joy and meaning of Christmas. May this Christmas be a time of profound spiritual connection, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world.

By Obinna SMOG Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)

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