Thursday, 18 December 2008

The reason for the season

In the minds of many people, Christmas is the season of giving and showing love to others. That's what makes Christmas so special, because most of the time we just give and show love to ourselves (which is a sad statement about our fallen human nature). But at this time of the year, for some reason, we are reminded and encouraged to think of and love other people. What is this reason? Christmas reminds us of Christ. Just over 2,000 years ago, God showed us the greatest kind of love and the greatest possible gift by sending His Son Jesus Christ to our world to save us from our sins. These themes of love and giving are summed up beautifully in what is probably the most famous verse in the Bible (John 3:16):

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For Jesus Christ, this ultimately meant dying on the cross for our sins, so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life through faith in Him.

This is the greatest love. This is the greatest gift. This is why we receive hope from a baby born in a manger. This is why we have a reason to celebrate Christmas.

That's Christmas! from andy pearce on Vimeo.

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