Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jesus — The True Reason for the Season

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’ ” (Luke 2:10-11)

        “I don’t want anything religious,” a young woman snapped, as she and her friend searched for boxed Christmas cards at a Walmart store a few years ago.
        My heart sunk.
        She wanted cards that said Happy Holidays on them — the more generic, politically correct phrase that so many people say these days to avoid offending anyone. She didn’t want cards that talked about Jesus. I wanted to pull her to the side and explain that those religious cards she referred to really aren’t religious. They’re proclamations of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who shed his blood and died for our sins, so we may have everlasting life. I wish I had the nerve to share this Good News that day with that young woman. But I didn’t.
        There are so many people in the world who don’t know Jesus. Who need to hear the good news of great joy. And this is the perfect season to tell people about Him. So many have the wrong idea about Jesus. Some say He is a prophet, a good teacher, but no way is He Lord. They don’t realize that Jesus is Lord, and that by placing their faith in Him for salvation, they will have everlasting life — the greatest gift of all. No Christmas gift on earth surpasses the greatness of everlasting life. Not a one!
        Christmas is just a few days away. As we decorate our Christmas trees, and buy and wrap our presents, let’s not forget the true meaning of the season — that a Savior was born to give us the true, incredible gift.

        Let’s also remember to share this Good News whenever the opportunity presents itself. If we don’t feel comfortable sharing the love and the gift of eternal life with strangers, try to share this with family members and friends. Most would agree that everyone wants to hear good news these days. After we share it, pray that they will receive the gift of God and unwrap its eternal treasures that will last forevermore!


  1. Judy -
    Thanks for a wonderful reminder of "what it's all REALLY about!"

    I would appreciate your prayers for a close family member who's an unbeliever. This person has agreed to attend church with me for our Christmas eve service. I just want God to speak to this person's heart - I've shared the Good News often - but it is the Lord's work ultimately to woo this person to Him.

    I pray for wooing!

    Hope you have a WONDER-full Christmas - full of CHRIST, and the true meaning of His love!


    (p.s. LOVE the new blog look!)

  2. Thanks Sharon! I believe we were leaving messages on each other's blogs simultaneously. How funny!

    I will remember your family member in my prayers for their salvation. You are right, God is ultimately the one to woo your loved one. You've planted the seeds and now God must give the increase.


  3. Hi Judith -

    Yes, we need to share as our Lord commands.
    The GOOD NEWS indeed!

    Thank you, Judith, for sharing this.

  4. Hi Judy,

    Thank you for sharing a timeless message of faith. I have joy because of Jesus Christ.

    In the short span of time that I've been reading your blog, I've found your words to speak from a heart full of love, faith and compassion. I also admire your talent in photography. You bless and encourage me; I thank God for you.

    Blessings and peace.


  5. Beautiful pictures and a wonder-full message. Thank you for sharing Good News of Christ.

  6. What a wonderful message. I find myself shaking my head and wondering at how absurd they are being. Without Christ, there is no CHRISTmas, and saying Happy Holidays does not change the reason for the season.

  7. So beautiful and so true! Christ is the reason for the season. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Praise the LORD!

    Praying a beautiful celebration of CHRIST this Christmas!

  9. Excellent reminder. Without Christ, Christmas is is just another holiday that comes and goes each year, end of story.

  10. It's sad that many people don't know the true meaning of Christmas or the truth about Christ. Thank you for this encouraing post - we should always be ready to share the good news - in season or out.

    Blessings and Merry Christmas!


  11. You are so right Judy. We need to spread the "Good News" whenever possible. Sometimes that is through our actions, our attitudes, our way of dealing with people, but sometimes it is through our words. We must continue to tell the Story and 'tis the Season

  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you too Judith. Lovely post.


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