Sunday, December 11, 2016
The Essential Message of Christmas
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”—Matthew 1:23
Has anyone wished you a “Merry Christmas” yet, or is it still too early?
I prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays,” but I don’t get confrontational about it. Instead, I want to be gracious. After all, Christmas isn’t always a happy time for everyone. For someone who has lost their job, this is not the most wonderful time of the year, because so much emphasis is placed on a merry Christmas being a materialistic one.
There are also those who have lost loved ones. I am one of those people, and things that once made me happy at this time of year now often make me sad, because they evoke memories of times we spent together. Christmas has become a difficult time for some people.
There are many who are in need of encouragement at this time of year. They don’t need a Christmas present; they need His Christmas presence. They need to be reminded of what this season is all about. It is not about things. It is not about presents.
These things have their place, but we need to remember the essential message of Christmas, which is Immanuel—God is with us. And for the hurting person, the lonely person, the sorrowing person, this is the time of year to bring the gift of encouragement to them and say, “The message of Christmas is: God will be with you. God will help you. God will strengthen you.”
I’d like to encourage you to look for opportunities to share the love of God during this season, because it is a time when we seem to be more open to engaging in conversation with others. Now is a great opportunity for you to bring encouragement to someone who is struggling.
Greg’s Radio Program
“A New Beginning”
This Week’s TV Program
“Don’t be Afraid”
Weekend Bible Reading
Hebrews 5-8; Hebrews 9-11
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.