A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS

A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…” (Song by Michael Bublé)

Christmas means different things to different people:

  • A season of festivity for some
  • Just a holiday break from normal routine for others
  • Some say it’s a gift-giving season, family get-together and celebration
  •  Or just another holiday for Christians, etc.

But what does this Christmas really mean to you? Have you had an opportunity to think through it and deeply meditate on what this season may mean?

A season for personal check-up

Christmas season for me is a moment of personal reflection on my relationship with God, a moment of spiritual check-up and evaluation of my walk with God. It’s also a moment to admit my faults, and inadequacies, a moment to surrender all to God admitting that I can’t move on into another year except by His grace. Christmas is a season to ask for mercy and prepare to receive the Savior Lord Jesus personally in our hearts and to recommit our lives back into his hands and better serve him as we enter into another year.

A season of grace

Helen Baylor, a composer song writer, sang a song with lyrics that reads: “If it had not been for the Lord, on my side, tell me where would I be, where would I be…?” Where would we all be if not for the grace of God?  Not only should Christmas be a season for “Spiritual Check-Up”; it is also a season of Grace, God’s unmerited favor lavished on humanity. We can further understand this by reading the lyrics by another Gospel composer and song writer named Bill Traylor in his song titled “At Calvary” – “…Oh the love that drew salvation’s plan, Oh the love that brought it down to man, oh the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary”. And the chorus reads: – “Mercy there was great and grace was free, pardon there was multiplied to me, there my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary”.

The Song by Bill Traylor may sound like an Easter song, yes! But, guess what?  Jesus had had to be born first before he could die! Grace was born this season. In Matthew 1:21, we read – “And she will bring forth a son and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins”. At Christmas, a Savior was born for our sins. To be saved from the burden of sin is much more than a condemned prisoner set free. The Christmas story is one that reveals an “amazing Grace”. Like the story of Lazarus in John, Chapter 11:38-44, we were all dead in sin, but Christ’s birth celebrated at Christmas gave us the opportunity to be free indeed (John 8:36).

Six Lessons from our text today

  • God had a plan for humanity, even though life may sometimes seem dark, gloomy, uncertain, and evil. According to Luke19:10b, that which was lost in the Garden of Eden, Jesus came to seek and save.
  • With God, all things are possible – Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 1:23. If a virgin can give birth to a child, what are your impossible situations that God cannot handle? Please trust Him.
  • Christ’s birth is the demonstration of the love of God for us – John 3:16. If nobody ever loved you, always know that God will never hate you, His loving arms are ever open to embrace you; run to Him.
  • Christmas is a season of joy, gladness, peace and goodwill to all mankind (Humanity) – Luke 2: 8-14. Joy is a gift from God but man must accept it willingly to experience it. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy and happiness this season. Hear the lyrics of an old song – “This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me, … and the world cannot take it away…”. I pray that you will have a permanent joy this season in Jesus’ name! Amen!
  • It’s a season of good news – Luke 2:15-17.  I declare that it shall be your season of good news in your life and family in Jesus’ name, Amen! It shall not be one of bad news but good news only!
  • Christmas is also a season that saw the birth of Evangelism. The Shepherds and all that heard of his birth spread the word abroad. May the spirit of Evangelism be awakened in your life this season in Jesus’ name, Amen! I pray that this season will not be just another Christmas season but one that will make a difference in your life. Amen!

December 18, 2022Pastor Daniel Kemoh