Christmas And You
Isaiah 9:2, 6 & 7 (NASB/MSG)
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
6 For a Child has been born – for us!
The gift of a Son – for us!
He’ll take over the ruling of the world.
And His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness He brings…
Dazzling and colorful lights are a common sight during the Christmas season. To me, they hold a special meaning. The lights remind me of the One Light that permanently dispels all darkness, the Light that shines on all the people who are in darkness. Jesus is the Light Who shines on us and leads us into the brightly lit life He wants us to have.
This Christmas season, as you gaze upon the festive lighting around you, know that there is a Greatest Light in this world and in your life – Jesus.
We no longer live in darkness of guilt and shame or shadows of insecurity and uncertainty. “For a Child has been born – for us! The gift of a Son – for us! He’ll take over the ruling of the world.” as Isaiah 9:6 tells us.
My friends, Christmas is special and significant to you and me. The Son of God, the Gift of a Savior, has been born for you and me. Christmas is more than just another holiday from work and school. Christmas is for you and me to celebrate the Greatest Gift that has been given unto us.
When you personally believe and embrace this truth that Jesus has been born for you, to rule your world as your Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace, your heart will truly beat with celebration and joy.
This Christmas season, celebrate and give thanks to God that Jesus is the Eternal Light. Surrender all areas of darkness to God – those deepest emotions you have never shared with others, your secret habits and lifestyles that you are not proud of, your fear of not matching up to others and your fear of the future. Follow the Light of Jesus into a life of limitless wholeness, as He promises.
As we begin to be busy to plan for Christmas gatherings, buy Christmas gifts, prepare for Christmas activities, pause and appreciate Christmas in a personal manner. Jesus has been born for you and me. The Gift of a Son has been given to you and me. Let our heart be filled with thanksgiving and worship as we ponder over this truth.
Then, you will find that you cannot keep and contain this joy within you, but will go to the world to share this Gift of Christmas. You will tell your family members that Jesus is their Prince of Peace. You will go to your workplace declaring that Jesus is the Mighty God. You will go into your neighborhood to share with the people that Jesus is their Eternal Father. You will go to people in distress to assure them that Jesus is their Wonderful Counselor.
And then, you are going to see before your eyes God’s promise in Isaiah 9:7, “His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness He brings…”
This Christmas season, I have decided to slow down and celebrate in a very personal manner. I am looking beyond the glitz and dazzle that may surround me. I am giving thanks to God that Christmas is a Gift He has given to me. I am going to do more than prepare gifts for loved ones. I am celebrating Christmas and worshipping Jesus by sharing the Light I have in Him with the people in my world.
Join me in this prayer.
“Our Father in Heaven, I thank You for the Gift of Your Son, Jesus, Who was born, Who died and resurrected for me. I thank You that every time I call upon the Name of Jesus, all darkness in my life must flee. I thank You that with Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my world is held in His Almighty Hands. All my brokenness and inadequacies, I know You are making them whole by Your love and power. I love You, O Jesus. I make a renewed commitment this day to share Your love and shine Your light to the world, that all may come to receive Your love and saving grace. Praise You, Jesus. There is indeed no limits to the wholeness and peace You bring. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”