Christmas it’s not about you!
This week we started our message series for Christmas and we used the movie “Scrooged” as an example of what most people think about Christmas. What is it that most people think about Christmas? That Christmas is about them, about what they want, about what presents that have. After Black Friday where a man was trampled to death while protecting a pregnant women in a store and then two men shot each other to death over a gift in Toys R Us. It really challenges me to bring to the forefront the whole reason for Christmas. It was Jesus. His sacrifice of leaving heaven to come here to earth so that we might have a relationship with the God that created it all. He came so that we can have life. He came so that we can experience a love greater and more amazing then we could possibly put into words. I get all worked up and then I see this video and it excites me about the students of today. It saddens me that a sick little boy has better insight then those of us that don’t have our days numbered by cancer.
The question that I have for us today is what can you do to make Christmas about others? I am not talking about your family and the gifts that you plan to buy, that is way to easy. What about the person working at the grocery store, who is struggling? What about the homeless guy that is sitting on the side of the road. What about them? Maybe this Christmas the present that you give to your kids is going to a homeless shelter? Maybe the gift that you give your mom and dad is the donation of food to a food bank? Maybe the gift you give your best friend is an invitation to go to Christmas Eve Services with you so that they can come to know Christ?
Luke 2:10,11 (NLT) . . but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!
Tell me what Christmas Gift you can give that shows people that need the true meaning of Christmas?