A Christmas Message: Christmas Day
On this joyous Christmas Day, our hearts are drawn to the sacred passages of Isaiah 9:2–7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11–14, and Luke 2:1-14, (15–20). Together, these verses illuminate the significance of this day—the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us journey through these Scriptures and reflect on the profound truths they unveil.
1. The Light of Christmas (Isaiah 9:2–7):
Isaiah paints a vivid picture of a people walking in darkness, and then a great light dawns upon them. This light, Isaiah prophesies, will be a child born to us, a Son given to us. Christmas is the celebration of the Light that penetrates our darkness, bringing hope, joy, and salvation.
Illustration: Imagine a dark night suddenly illuminated by a radiant sunrise, dispelling the shadows. So, too, is the birth of Jesus—the Light of the world, dispelling the darkness of sin and despair.
2. The Song of Christmas (Psalm 96):
Psalm 96 calls us to sing a new song, declaring the glory of the Lord among the nations. Christmas is a melody of redemption, a divine composition that echoes throughout the world. Our hearts join the cosmic choir, singing praises for the arrival of the Savior, the source of everlasting joy.
Illustration: Envision a chorus of diverse voices, each contributing to a harmonious melody. In the same way, the birth of Christ brings together people from all walks of life in a beautiful symphony of praise.
3. The Grace of Christmas (Titus 2:11–14):
Titus highlights the grace of God that brings salvation to all people. Christmas is the manifestation of God's grace, as the Son of God becomes the Son of Man to redeem us from sin and purify for Himself a people zealous for good works. The gift of Jesus is the epitome of divine grace, inviting us to live with purpose and godly devotion.
Illustration: Picture a beautifully wrapped gift, representing the grace of God. Just as a gift is freely given, so is the grace of Christ—a precious, undeserved gift to humanity.
4. The Gift of Christmas (Luke 2:1–14, 15–20):
In Luke's Gospel, we witness the humble birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The angels announce the good news of great joy to the shepherds, who then hasten to see the newborn Savior. Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift ever given—the gift of God Himself, born in a manger, bringing peace and goodwill to all.
Illustration: Envision a family gathered around a Christmas tree, exchanging and unwrapping gifts. In the same way, God's gift to us in Jesus is the ultimate expression of love and generosity.
As we celebrate this Christmas Day, let us bask in the light of Christ, join the cosmic song of redemption, receive the grace that brings salvation, and cherish the greatest gift ever given—the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May the joy of this day resonate in our hearts and overflow in acts of love and kindness.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all on this blessed Christmas Day. Amen.
—Dr John Hill, Editor