The Purpose of Christmas


Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

First and foremost I wish you a very happy and most enjoyable Christmas. I pray that this Christmas will be your best Christmas so far in Jesus mighty name. Although dating to probably as early as a.d. 200, the feast of Christmas did not become widespread until the the definition of middle ages. (From about 500 A.D. to about 1350 A.D.). It is said that when the purpose of a thing is not known abuse will set in. For that reason I believe we should understand the meaning and purpose of Christmas. Christmas is gotten from two words, Christ and Mass. CHRIST means the anointed, the sent one. MASS means celebration. Therefore Christmas is the celebration of Christ. The celebration of anointed one, the sent one. The celebration of the burden remover and the yoke destroyer. According to Isaiah 10:27, the anointing removes burden and destroys yokes. It would make sense to say Christmas is the celebration of the burden remover and the yoke destroyer.

The definition of middle ages
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Now that we know the meaning of Christmas, what is the purpose? According to the above Scripture in Matthew, Jesus came to save us from our sins and to bring us the abiding presence of God. After the fall of man sin created a barrier between man and God so Jesus came to deal with sin issue and its consequence. And in the place of sin he brought the abiding presence of God to us. So every time you think of Christmas remember you have been saved from sin and its power. You now have dominion over sin. You now have the abiding presence of God through Christ.

I have heard many people say that Jesus is the reason for the season. But I disagree, I believe we Jesus is the creator of the season but we are the reason he created the season. He came to die for us. He came and gave us heaven on earth. He died that we might live. That is why the bible says in the Luke 2:14 – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Jesus Christ brought us into favour with God. God is not mad at us because our sins have been forgiven and we are now the righteousness of God in Him. Now that we have been saved from our sins and have the abiding presence of God, we are to spread the good news of the saving power of Christ. We have been saved to be saviours.



For further study:
Luke 23:32-43

Personal declaration
I receive the peace and goodwill that Christ Jesus has brought

Questions for you to reflect on:
What is the purpose of Christmas?
What is the meaning of the Christmas to you?