Its Christmas time again. They say it is the season of love, joy and giving.
People celebrate this holiday in different ways. A lot of people celebrate it because of love. In Japan, they arent Christians but they celebrate it as a day of love (couples’ day)
Other people celebrate it by giving. They help others (charity), they give gifts to other people etc.. Some attend parties and join the exchange gifts.. Here in the Philippines, the term is “monito, monita”
But today.. I want to focus my sharing on the most important meaning of Christmas which was obviously being taken for granted.
It is the word “joy”
A few weeks before, I had a wonderful conversation with a very cute and smart girl on the telephone. She wanted me to sing with her “Deck the halls”.
As we were singing a few stanzas.. When she was singing “tis the season to be jolly”.. I suddenly realized that yes! Christmas is truly the season to be jolly!
But how can we be happy if we have lots of problems right?
Notice.. That the word “love” and “giving” is about other people. But “joy” is a personal thing.
It is a choice if you want to be jolly this Christmas or not.
So if its a choice.. Why is Christmas, a season to be jolly?
Because God gave Jesus to us.
Because of Jesus, we can freely come to the Father whenever we want too. Because of Him, we became free from the damnation of hell. Because of Jesus, we are living an easy life.
Easy life? You call this easy?
Well our lives right now maybe tough, full of problems.. But it is Easy if you compare the lives of people today and the people in the past.
Example: if they have sinned, they have to kill a clean lamb and offer it to the altar behind the curtain. < this was broken after Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:51).
Happiness is the outward, joy is inner, it is everlasting… It maybe a choice… But if you chose this joy that Jesus wants to give to you.. Despite any circumstances in your life, you will feel this inner contentment, this calm delight.
“But the angel said to them, “do not be afraid, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people: today a Savior, has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:10-11
Have a joyous Christmas everyone