What does the word Christmas mean? We can break it down like this – Christ, the Anointed One, and His anointing, and mas, meaning celebration. Christmas is all about giving. The true meaning of Christmas is the gift of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Son, that God the Father gave to the world to be our Savior to reconcile us to Himself (1 John 4:14; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Colossians 1:19-20).
The good news of Christmas is that salvation is here! From Jesus’s birth up until this time, God’s plan of salvation has been working throughout the earth in every nation, tongue, and tribe, bringing salvation, healing, and deliverance.
Jesus Christ is the True Light that has come into the world to dispel the darkness (2 Timothy 1:10; Titus 2:13). God reveals and releases His glory (Isaiah 60:1-5).
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8 – 11
When we look at the time when Jesus ministered on the earth, it, too, was a time of upheaval with political unrest, racism, slavery, suppression of women’s rights, etc. Still, Jesus declared that He was the light of the world even though they did not understand.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4 – 5
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” John 8:12
Even though we are seeing dark times in our world today, God has a plan for good and a season where light overcomes the darkness! He wants to display His glory in and through us and in the nations of the world.
Christmas is also a season for anointed giving, and we must ask the Holy Spirit where He would like us to show God’s love through giving to others.
“If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:10 – 11
But Jesus also taught us to ask Him to meet our needs and heart’s desires (Mark 11:23 – 24; John 14:14, 16:23 – 24; Psalm 37:4).
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9 – 10
As we get ready to enter 2022, we must continue to expect good things and share the gospel’s good news with others (Mark 16:15). The Lord will bring correction, direction, and protection in our lives, the church, the government, etc., as we seek Him and follow His leading in how to pray, then act on what He tells us to do.
Make a Christmas list you will ask the Lord to take place for you in 2022. Then, apply your faith as you ask for those things according to God’s will, and He will bring it to pass in His time (2 Peter 3:8-9; Proverbs 16:9; Ecclesiastes 3:1)!
Now, this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14 – 15
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11 – 12
If you have never experienced the love of God and have peace with Him through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, pray this suggested prayer out loud right now. You can also pray in your own words. Remember, it is not words or prayer alone that will save you. Prayer is a way to reach out to the Lord and must be done in faith (completely trusting in Him to save you). Christ will save you if you pray these or similar words in faith.
Your Word says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Therefore, I ask You to forgive me for my sins. I repent of my sins, turn from them and turn to You. I am calling on You and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead, and He is alive today. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me the Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and Your healing power in my life. I now belong to You. Help me live for You and obey You all the days of my life.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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