As we draw closer to Christmas day, I look around me. I know that for many people, this will be a sad Christmas. For one reason or another, some of my friends can’t be with family. Some have lost grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, spouses (due to death, separation or divorce) and even beloved pets. This may not be a very ‘merry’ Christmas for them. In fact, as they look back years from now, they may consider this year the one to forget. Some of my friends are separated from their families by miles and miles of land or water. Some of my friends and family are separated from family members by death itself. I am encouraged when I think about the real reason for the season, because it gives me hope. My prayer for all my loved ones this Christmas is that you may share my hope. The Christmas story records the birth of Jesus, but the story doesn’t end there. And that’s what gives me hope! After His birth, Jesus grew to be a man who walked the earth, healing, preaching and teaching in His Father (God)’s name. Then He died in quite possibly one of the most horrific ways a human can die. But the wonderful news is that He didn’t stay dead. He rose three days later, conquering death and hell for eternity. And thanks to that incredible miracle, every boy, girl, woman, and man has the chance to be in Heaven with Him someday too. That’s the major hope this Christmas. This isn’t the end! Whether you are a Christian or not, your soul is going to live forever. But if you have Jesus as your Lord, Savior and Friend, you will be spending that eternity in a place where all the pain you’re going through now will be a distant, distant memory! Whoa. If all Christians really believed that and the world did too, what a different world this place would be!
Christmas is a time to celebrate the fact that death is not the end. This world with all its pain, sickness, homelessness, starvation, and many other horrible things…is not where we will be spending eternity. If we accept the gift that Jesus extends to everyone no matter their sexual orientation, race, colour of skin, IQ, financial level etc…then we have the greatest hope of all. Some day very soon we’ll all be celebrating Christmas in Heaven with the One that it’s all about! Wow. That’s just too incredible not to share. So, whether I say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever special moment people are celebrating this Season, I’m going to do it with a smile on my face. Because I know some day very soon, we can all spend Christmas in Heaven with Christ.
Merry Christmas everyone.