‘Spreading the News of God’s Glory’
December 25, 2016
Tess A. Morata
This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24). How did you wake up this morning? Of course, everyone is excited to wake up on Christmas morning. Though maybe you received some presents on Christmas Eve, you’re still excited on this day. Perhaps yesterday you said, “Tomorrow is going to be another great day!” Some of us couldn’t wait to find out what would be in store for today, right? Children are eager to open all their gifts and expect something special from parents or grandparents. Adults are also excited to see their loved ones at the family reunion. Every Christmas season, the source of energy and anticipation of most people is centered on the thought of new clothes, gifts and parties. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the true essence of Christmas is beyond all those things. This is an opportunity to be a blessing in other ways, and we should not forget the real reason for this season.
For Jesus, though it is proper that today we celebrate His birthday, we remember Him as a baby Whose birth was the most remarkable event in human history. When He was born, the shepherds came to honor Him. Later, wise men brought Him gifts. This divine baby grew up into a perfect man and became our Savior. Jesus came as light to our sin-darkened world.
More than two thousand years ago, millions of people had no place for Jesus in their hearts. Today, although they participate enthusiastically in the festivities of the Christmas season, they keep Him out of their lives. For us who know Jesus Christ, we must spread the good news to others; encouraging them that this is the right time to rededicate their lives to Him and tell them that “In Him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:4). We can bear witness to the Light and bring glory to the Father by sharing joy and love to others. We can put a smile on the faces of those who are sad due to the memory of lost loved ones, or give hope to those who suffer from sickness. Show them that we care for them. For someone who has no family or no one to spend their Christmas with, invite them to celebrate with you. We can celebrate Christmas and be joyful in simple ways as long as the true spirit is there. Let us celebrate Christ’s birth with praise and thanksgiving to our Almighty God from whom all blessings flow! Have a happy life and Merry Christmas to all!