The Meaning of Christmas

With children about to go on school holidays and the most popular holiday season just around the corner, it seems like everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit. Stores are lining their aisles with Christmas goodies and decor, TV shows have switched to the theme of giving and love, and Santas are starting to appear in shopping centres. And why shouldn't they, after all it is that time, the meaning of the season, right?

Yet, the very first Christmas seemed to do without all of these. The very first Christmas somehow started a frenzy without the power of TV, without Candy Canes, without Santa, and without Christmas sales. Even more amazingly, the very first Christmas involved a poor couple, nobodies, who would lay the most precious child of all in a manger (Luke 2:4-7).

As we head into the Christmas season, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas... Peace on Earth, Good will toward Men, for the Saviour has come to show us how to love, and to give us the greatest gift of love (John 15:13). Instead of buying fancy toys, think of how you can give to those who would normally go without. Ask yourself how you can help out others who are not as fortunate as you. Show them the true meaning of Christmas, the gift of God's love (John 13:34), and love others as God first loved you (1 John 4:19)

I wish all College families a happy Christmas.

Allister Rouse