Friday, 23 December 2016

Blogmas 2016: The True Meaning Of Christmas

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Hello lovely people,

Today, I bring you another festive post and since this will be the last one before Christmas, I decided to talk about the meaning of Christmas or in other words, what Christmas means to me. A lot of people view Christmas as just that time of year when everyone goes crazy buying expensive things for others, that time of year when all people care about are presents and Santa, that time of year when the streets are really decorated with beautiful lights, that time of year to spend with your friends and family or that time of year when people feel like helping others. 
While I think there are some good reasons here to look forward to Christmas, I think that Christmas is way more than just gifts, food and presents. The true message of Christmas is way more comforting than just thinking about it as that time of year when people waste money on things they don't need. The true message of Christmas is based around a very popular Bible verse which most of you may already know about.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life"

John 3:16

During our Cookies and Carols event at uni a few weeks ago, the speaker gave a little talk around this verse and it made me look at it in a new light so I wanted to share with you guys as well. This verse speaks a lot but it is very easy for us to overlook the comforting message God is trying to pass across to us. In order to fully understand this message, I will break the verse down into different parts and all of this boils down to love. The love that was born at Christmas.

Where Does The Love Come From?
"For God So Loved"
This verse is a verse of love and it's all talking about love from God. He is the source of love and He is love Himself. His very character and everything He represents is all for love. And this love is not any kind of love. It's an everyday kind of love. It is being renewed every morning, everyday and always. It's a love so refreshing, so endearing, so captivating and never ending. This love does not condemn, it is lifting and it brings joy. It flows continuously from His throne of grace, it never fails, never gives up, never runs out and there is no chain this love can't break. The important question is who is this love for?

The Object Of God's Love
 "The World"
The next part of the verse says that He so loved the world. The "world" here includes all of His creation and everything He made. This includes you and I. His amazing love is for us and it does not care about what we've done or not done and it surely doesn't care about whether or not we think we are worthy. This love is for all of God's creation and He loves all of us the same.  How can we be sure that He truly loves us?

The Proof Of God's Love
"That He Gave His Only Begotten Son"
It can be hard sometimes to believe that God truly loves us especially if we struggle to love ourselves and if we don't have any others that show us love. The proof for God's love is that He sent His one and only Son- Jesus (whose birth we celebrate this season) to die for all our sins so we can be made right with Him. Jesus' death on the cross was love in its purest form and there will never be a kind of love greater than this. He died to take away all our guilt and shame, so we can have His righteousness in us and so that we can have unlimited access to God's presence. If you take a moment to think about the significance of this, you would realise how amazing God is.

Who Accepts His Love?
"Whosoever Believes In Him"
Even though God's love is for everyone, sadly not everyone accepts His love. This love never asks for anything in return. All God wants is our hearts. He wants the inner transformation of our hearts and our minds. To accept that Jesus is our Saviour and to believe and trust in Him. He wants us to surrender our everything to Him because He is the Creator of the universe, He has a plan for us and He knows best. Sometimes we struggle to do things on our own and we want to take control of our lives and it can become overwhelming. God is offering us a solution with open arms saying that we do not have to bear the burden. He is right here to carry us through it but only if we let Him.

Benefits Of His Love
"Shall Not Perish But Have Eternal Life"
Accepting God's love comes with so many benefits and I'm not just talking about physical or earthly blessings. Physical blessings are part of it but not always the case and not the most important. I love God because he brings me joy. He brings me comfort and He is the only reason I keep going with life despite the evil, suffering and disappointments I constantly face. Most importantly, I love God because of His promises. He has promised that the story does not end here on earth. He has promised us a life in eternity with Him where there will be no tears, no pain and no sorrow. Oh tears will never stain the streets of that city- the city of gold. If that doesn't sound amazing to you then I don't know what will.

I want to leave you guys with this amazing rendition of "O come all ye faithful" by Pentatonix.

So what is the true meaning of Christmas?
Jesus.
Jesus is the reason for the season.
Get to know Him and you will never regret it.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas :)
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)