As we approach Christmas, with all the festive cheer and excitement in the air, I started to think about what makes Christmas special? Is it the presents, the feasts, or something we feel needs to be done to mark the end of one year and the coming of another? Strange as it may seem, for most people, Christmas is often about self – how to have a good time or what we’re going to get.
Actually, Christmas is all about love! Apostle John tells us in John 3:16 -17 that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Indeed, God loved us so much that He provided a way, the only way, for us to spend eternity with Him. He sent His Son to be born as a baby in a stable in Bethlehem. At God’s appointed time, He died a cruel and painful death on the cross to take the punishment for all our sins. He paid the price in full so we would be free from condemnation when we accept His gift of love. As written in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Sadly, Christmas today has become a commercial holiday, rather than a religious one. It’s mostly known as a time for businesses to make more money with Christmas sales and end-of-season discounts, for people to give and receive gifts, for parties, Christmas movies and more. But in fact, the reason for the season is our Lord Jesus Christ. Although having celebrations, attending parties and watching a festive movie are not wrong, I’d like to invite all of us to specially focus on Jesus this Christmas. Let us recognise, appreciate and receive the love that caused God to send His only Son to us. He who was without sin, came to us and loved us so much that He was willing to die in our place to secure eternity for everyone who believes in Him.
That’s how great His love is. I pray that many will receive God’s love this Christmas!
- Senior Pastor Nina Khong