This year, as I reflected on what our beautiful Savior’s birth means to me, I was reminded of another Christmas story. One that offers hope, brings joy and has affected generations to come.
But first, let’s go back to my roots.
Growing up Jewish, I celebrated Hanukkah. I got to light the Menorah, play the Dreidel game, eat chocolate gelt and lets not forget the 8 days of presents.
Hanukkah, which is also known as the Festival of Lights, teaches children about the God of Israel. Learning about the miracles behind a candle lasting 8 days instead of one offers hope and illustrates light in a dark world.
The light that lit their temple long ago, has come into our world as a new light. The Light of the world-our Messiah.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises of who was to come, collided with the greatest love ever known. Click To Tweet
This Christmas I’ve seen the promises I was taught as a child unfold into the beautiful Savior that Christmas is all about.
I love Ann Voskamp’s description of Christmas in Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, “Christmas cannot be bought in a store. Christmas cannot be created in the kitchen. Christmas cannot be made by hand, lit up, set out, dreamed up. Christmas can only be found-right there in the manger.”
Christmas is love. 1 John 4:9 God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.
Christmas is giving. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
Christmas is healing. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. Psalms 103:3
Christmas is wiping away every tear. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4
Christmas is Truth. The entirety of Your word is truth. Psalm 119:160
Christmas is believing. Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
Now on to the story I was referring to earlier. My favorite Christmas happened the year I got saved. I was a new believer, just recently gave my heart to Jesus, and I had been asking a friend of mine, Allison, to come to church with me. This friend was Jewish by birth like I was and when we met our friendship was rooted in the world. To read more about my salvation story click here By God’s Grace.
But now, by God’s grace, we were doing something very different together. She had gone to church with me a few times and I could see a softening in her heart as she started asking questions about God and Jesus. I could sense the Holy Spirit at work, so I just kept on praying.
It was almost Christmas and the church I was attending was putting on a Christmas Eve service that I was hoping to go to. Finally, I decided to ask Allison if she would join me and she said yes. It was during that service that His love broke through to her heart, allowing her to see Him for all that He was, for all that He is, and she leaned into me, gave me the biggest best hug and said: “I Believe.”
That my friends is Christmas.
No matter how we wrap it or the content inside it, no present in all creation will ever top it.
If you are reading this and don’t yet know Christ as your Savior, I am here to tell you HE is the best gift you will ever receive. From a heart that needed to know, I share with all of you with the hope and prayer that maybe this Christmas you will receive Him too.
If you personally know Jesus, I pray you find your gift to give. Maybe it’s reaching out to someone who doesn’t yet know the love of our Savior. Maybe it’s helping out a neighbor or a friend or finally saying yes to what God has been calling you to do.
Or quite possibly this is your season to just be.
Be cared for.
Be taken a meal.
Be prayed for.
If that is you, I pray you feel so very loved by our heavenly father this season.
Whatever it is that CHRISTmas brings you this year, I pray your heart may come to know the true meaning of the season-Christ our Lord.
Merry Christmas and God Bless you.