Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ ~ Matthew 2:1-2, ESV
For many believers, their Christmas Season already has begun. That’s why this blogger is making the following statements: Just like genuine believers in Christ Jesus should be giving thanks and praising God 24/7 – 365 days of every year, and not just on the annual American holiday known as Thanksgiving, genuine believers in Christ Jesus also should be demonstrating to the world God’s agape love 24/7 – 365 days of every year, and not just on the annual American holiday known as Christmas.
How will unsaved people know agape love when they see it? Those lost souls who are watching how professed believers in Christ Jesus deal with and minister to others during Christmas and this Christmas Season, especially those human beings the world labels as “invisible people,” will be able to tell whether or not said believers are really conveying a special kind of love (God’s agape love). As mentioned in so many of this blogger’s postings, God’s agape love is the kind of love that will make this lost world sit up and take notice—to pay attention to the ways those believers who are in Christ Jesus are displaying the kind of love that unsaved and sometimes even saved individuals rarely, if ever, have seen before.
Now for those who might not know, in the Christian tradition, the Christmas Season, also known as the 12 Days of Christmas and the Holiday Season, officially begins at sundown on December 24th and ends at sundown on January 5th. However, commercially speaking, there is the Christmas Season that for many people now means the Christmas Shopping Season, which officially begins in late November, usually right after Thanksgiving, and ends in early January. Unfortunately, today there are far too many Christians who tend to be more caught up in the Christmas Shopping Season than they are gripped by the true meaning of and real reason for celebrating the traditional Christian Christmas Season.
For the record, spending time shopping for loved ones and spending money buying them the perfect Christmas gift(s) are not necessarily sinful acts. Where too many believers in Christ Jesus err is in being way more passionate about the secular aspects of Christmas and the Christmas Shopping Season than they are fervid about celebrating the traditional Christian Christmas and the Christmas Season.
That’s why during this Christmas Season, every Christian should take the time to reflect on these truths: Christmas is not just a holiday celebrated on one day out of the year, and the Christmas Season is not about a certain time of the year. Christmas and the Christmas Season really are about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ every day of every year, and Christmas and the Christmas Season are about daily expressing what God has put in every re-born heart. Put differently, Christmas and the Christmas Season are about believers in Christ Jesus demonstrating 24/7 – 365 days of every year God’s spiritual attributes, which He put inside the spiritual new heart He gave to every one of His children.
For those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus, we understand that the new heart and the new spirit the prophet Ezekiel says God plans to put inside His children are one and the same. The prophet writes:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ~ Ezekiel 36:26, CJB
Furthermore, we know that this new heart and new spirit not only refer to our rebirth and salvation—having spiritually received new life, new affections, new desires, new truths, new light, new purposes, new joy, new peace, new gifts, new thoughts, and so forth—but also we know that our new heart and new spirit refer to “…God’s love for us [which] has already been poured out in our hearts through the Ruach HaKodesh who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5, CJB; the inserted bracketed word is this blogger’s emphasis). It is indeed God’s agape love that God commands us to show to Him and to mankind.
God’s agape, once again, is the very reason why Christmas and the Christmas Season are really about how deeply God loves us all. God loves us all so much that, while we were still sinners, God sent His Son to this Earth to pay the price for our eternal life. That Divine Truth alone is why every day of every year we should be celebrating the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, because every stage of His life on Earth represents God’s agape love shown to us, and God’s agape love poured out of Him into our hearts.
All of the provided reasons are why Christmas and the Christmas Season are really about what’s in our hearts, and thus reasons why, if we truly are believers in Christ Jesus, we should be showing the lost world 24/7 – 365 days a year that it is the God kind of love that is in our hearts. Finally, we not only show unsaved people but also saved individuals that we have agape love every time we pour God’s agape love out of our hearts into the hearts of others. Amen.
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012 . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 . . .