3 Reasons to Celebrate This Christmas Season
What is the purpose of Christmas? Why do we celebrate, year after year?
All this month the world will be focused on Christmas, an event that happened 2000 years ago, in the Middle East, in a little town, with no fanfare.
But today, two thousand years later, it can still stop traffic. How is that? Why is it that it’s the most celebrated holiday on the planet? The fact is – the birth of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in the history of mankind. It split history into A.D. and B.C., and every time you write a check, you’re using Jesus Christ as the reference and focus.
At the very first Christmas, at the birth of Jesus, an angel announced three things. In those three statements of the angel, we find the three purposes of Christmas. Today we will look at the first one.
Luke 2:8-10 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
The First Purpose of Christmas is CELEBRATION!
It’s a party. “I bring you good news of great joy.” Actually, it’s a birthday party. At Christmas, we have more parties than any other time of the year. Yet, it’s ironic that, often, the guest of honor is totally left out of the party.
God is into parties. In fact, the Bible says that the angels hold a party every time a single person trusts Christ. The bottom line is, Christmas is a party! We’re supposed to celebrate, but sometimes we’re so busy preparing, getting ready, buying presents, planning, we don’t have time to celebrate. We lose the joy of what the moment is all about. What is the purpose of Christmas? First, it’s celebration. Why do we celebrate? Why is it a party? The angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy, and it’s for everybody.” What is the good news? The good news of Christmas is three things.
This is what we celebrate. When God sent Jesus Christ to Earth, He was saying three things.
1. We Celebrate Because God LOVES Us.
John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal [or everlasting] life.”
That’s the good news. God so loved the world. That’s why He sent Jesus. He was sent on a message of love. Christmas is God saying to you, “I love you.” The reason you are alive is you were created as an object of God’s love. God made you to love you. He loves you on your good days as much as your bad days. He loves you when you feel it, and He loves you when you don’t feel it. He loves you when you think you deserve it, and He loves you when you think you don’t deserve it. Because His love isn’t based on what you do. His love is based on who He is. His love is based on His character, not our performance. You can’t make God stop loving you. When He sent Jesus Christ to Earth, Jesus later as He grew to a man, stretched His arms out on a cross to die for your sins, and he was saying at that point, “I love you this much. This much! I love you so much it hurts. I love you so much I’d rather die than live without you.”
2. We Celebrate Because God is WITH Us.
You may not feel it, but it has nothing to do with your feelings. He’s with you all the time. The Bible says Jesus’ name was to be called Emmanuel, one of His names. That means, “God is with us.” God says in the Bible, “I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.” God will never abandon you. You may not feel it. But that just means you’re not tuned in. You’re not connected. You’re not plugged into the source. Did you know that God hates loneliness? That’s why, when He created the first human being, He said, “It’s not good for a man to be alone.” Whether you ever get married or not is irrelevant. The issue is, you need people in your life. More than that, you need God in your life. The reason you feel lonely is because you are not connected to God. The good news is this – God says, “I not only love you. I’m with you all the time, you just need to be aware of it.” It means you don’t have to face anything in 2020 by yourself. You can, but you don’t have to. Because God says, “I will be with you.”
3. We Celebrate Because God is FOR Us.
He’s on our side. He wants us to win. He wants us to succeed. In fact, Jesus said this –
John 3:17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
So many people are afraid of God. You may be afraid of God. Maybe you get nervous when people start talking about God. You know why? It’s guilt. Guilt separates us from God. You think, “If I get close to God, He’s going to scold me. He’s going to remind me of all the things I’ve done wrong. He’s going to tell me the bad stuff.” But the Bible says God didn’t come to condemn the world. He came to save it. He says, “I didn’t come to scold you. I came to save you. That’s the good news I’m not only with you. I not only love you. I am for you.” “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Jesus came to save us, not to scare us. That’s why the very first words of the angel, the angel said, “Don’t be afraid.” You don’t need to be afraid, certainly not afraid of God.
That’s good news. That’s why we celebrate at Christmas. That’s the first purpose of Christmas – celebration. It’s good news of great joy, and it’s for everybody.
God says, “I love you, I’m with you, I’m for you.”