December is a festive month for most of the world. There are lights and buntings strung up to add colour and vibrancy to the atmosphere. December is for commemorating the birth of our Lord. It is also the season of Advent as the Church awaits the second coming of Jesus Christ. Sometimes the joy and excitement of the season are diminished by the busyness that we ourselves create. So let us halt our activities and pause for a while to reflect solemnly on the meaning of Christmas.
Traditionally on the night of Christmas eve, the church would announce glad tidings or good news. So let us reflect on the glad tidings.
♦ Good news for all
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”(Luke 2:10-11)
The reason for Christmas being a day of joy and happiness is that the good news is not just for one special group of people but for “all the people”! We can see from this that God’s love is universal and he wants to be the saviour for all the world. Giving presents during Christmas is a way to share such love.
♦ Good news is here
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is please! ” (Luke 2:14)
Jesus’ coming did not just bring eternal life, it also brought peace and abundant life to those who believe in him (John 10:10). Christmas is a reminder that our life in Christ brings with it is a rich blessings. All that we can obtain in life, money, education, beauty, health cannot compare with the blessedness we can get in Jesus. If we think that the people around us have no need for the good news, as they seem to be doing well, then we ourselves have not really understood the blessing that is in Jesus Christ.
♦ Beautiful footprints
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:15)
God’s message needs to be spread by those who believe in him. If no one is willing to go, then who can hear the message, and how can they believe? Christmas is therefore a reminder to us that we must announce the glad tidings and spread the good news. Then the world may have a chance to respond to God’s love and become God’s children of grace.
♦ Every season is a good season
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke and exhort, with complete patience and teaching .” (2 Tim 4:2)
When do we spread the good news? Only at Christmas? Of course not! The Bible tells us that we are to be well-prepared to witness for the Lord at all times, that by the leading of the Holy Spirit, we may make good every opportunity presented by God. Christmas is a great time for spreading the good news. It is also a yearly reminder that the salvation that we have received is to be shared with all men.
This Christmas, are you well prepared to share the good news with someone? Do the presents you buy help others to understand the meaning of Christmas? Is there someone or a community that you know is being isolated or downtrodden, and to whom you can bring God’s love into their midst?
Have a Happy Christmas! May the peace that God has given through Jesus Christ be with you and your whole family! Amen!