What time really is Christmas?
For 22 years, I’ve been running around this world thinking of Christmas as “A time that should be focused on Christ and not on gifts or anything else. Also that He was born into this world, basically, for us.”
I know there’s nothing wrong with that. Tama naman e. Yun nga lang, ang malaking tanong ay..”And so?”, “Ano ngayon?”…Kumbaga, makukuntento na lang ba ako na palipasin ang Pasko na yan lang ang pinanghahawakan? Anong nangyari? Anong nagbago? Hindi na magbabago ang kahalagahan ng Pasko para sa’kin. Ang kailangan kong gawin ngayon ay magkaroon ng pagbabago sa sarili ko habang ipinagdiriwang ang pasko.
Rick Warren wrote a powerful devotional about Christmas. And this is what he said…
What time is Christmas this year? You find the answer in four statements the angel said to the shepherds at the first Christmas (Luke 2:10-14).
1. It’s time to release your fears! The first thing the angel said was, “Do not be afraid!” Fear is your greatest barrier to knowing God and fulfilling his purposes for your life. Fear is a self-imposed prison that keeps you from living the life God intends for you. So whatever you are afraid of – Christmas is the time to let it go. The Bible contains 365 “Fear nots” – one for every day of the year! It’s time to stop worrying and start worshiping. Stop tensing up and start trusting God.
2. It’s time to renew your faith! Next, the angel said “I bring you good news with great joy, and it is for everyone!” The Good News of Jesus keeps getting better because the bad news of the world keeps getting worse. The Good News is that God loves you, he created you for a purpose, you can know God personally by trusting in Jesus, and he wants you to spend eternity with him. God has really long range plans for your life! Christmas is time to come back to God.
3. It’s time to receive forgiveness! Next the angel said, “Today a Savior has been born for you; He is Christ the Lord!” If our greatest need was education, God would have sent a teacher. If our greatest need was health, he would have sent a doctor. If our greatest need was financial, he would have sent an economist. But our greatest need is forgiveness, so God sent a Savior. It doesn’t matter what wrong you’ve done, Jesus paid for it on the cross. Accept his forgiveness.
4. It’s time to rebuild relationships! Finally the angel said, “Peace on earth, and goodwill to all people.” Once you’ve accepted God’s forgiveness, He wants you to forgive everyone else. Who do you need to offer forgiveness to this Christmas? It’s time to make peace!
Now, all of us has something to accomplish this Christmas. I do hope that we will celebrate Christmas the best way that we can. And when everything is said and done and we are ready to face the new year, we can look up to heaven and say, “Mission Accomplished!”
Merry Christmas everyone!