“For unto us, a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”.
It’s the time of the year, the season we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our saviour who came in human flesh to redeem mankind. To save us from our sins and reconcile us back to God. His birth brings joy, peace, love, hope, and salvation. Christmas is all about sharing this love, peace, and all the good tidings that come with his birth.
Another name for Jesus is Immanuel, which means “God with us”. His birth and life are a message of good news for us because it means we are never alone. No matter what we seem to be going through, God is with us. It doesn’t matter how hard or hopeless our situation may appear to be, God is there for us even in the storm. We don’t have to journey through our challenges and struggles alone. He understands them. He walks them alongside us.
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is more than a Christian holiday or a Christian festival. It is an opportunity to pause and give thanks for the love, hope, and joy found in Jesus – our Saviour and friend. As we exchange gifts with loved ones, it is out of remembrance of the gift God gave us in Jesus. The gift is that we are loved, are never alone, and can have hope for the future.
God’s love is for everyone. You are not alone. You are loved, and you can feel hopeful and joyful. May you experience the joy, peace, and love that comes with the season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!