Christmas is a unique time of the year acknowledged by the whole world as a special season. Over centuries Christmas has evolved from an inauspicious event in humble surroundings in Bethlehem to a annual world wide celebration universally acknowledged by people of all faiths as the major religious celebration.
The origins of the celebration of Christmas as well as a lot of the traditions which have now become to be associated with Christmas frequently seem to be removed from the real message of Christmas.
The real message of Christmas is one of love and giving. God sent Jesus to be a sacrifice to redeem mankind back to himself following man’s rebellion and separation from God through sin.
… Hark the herald angels, Glory to the Newborn King, Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.
God loves us. He is always reaching out and seeking to forgive us when we pull away.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
That message of grace and giving, of atonement and the drawing us back to the Father is one that needs to be proclaimed to the whole world.