Christmas Changed the World

This tract was written by an English teacher. It was not written or produced by any particular religious group or denomination. It is provided free of charge as an expression of God’s love for mankind.

The Busiest Time of the Year

As I sit here pondering my Christmas to-do list, I find myself wondering where all of this began. From Christmas cards to cookies and decorations to parties, all of the activity throughout the holiday season leaves little time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. While I enjoy every aspect of Christmas, including all of these fun aspects of the holiday season, it is my hope and prayer that we can all slow down a bit, and remember that special night so long ago. For the very heart of Christmas was born a little over 2,000 years ago.

A King is Born

On the first Christmas night, there were no last-minute holiday sales or revolving Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. No one wrote Christmas cards and no one bought gifts for the annual office Christmas party. On that glorious night, a bright star lit up the heavens, announcing the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The first Christmas night, while quite humble compared to the fanfare we have today, was the moment that changed the world forever. Although Jesus Christ was born in a hay-filled manger, He grew up to save the world.

Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, was born in a stable. There were not thousands of people there to witness this grandiose event. No paparazzi or news reporters were there to cover this significant moment in history. Instead, a few Wise Men and some shepherds were the ones who came to congratulate the new parents. But with all of its imperfections, this first Christmas was absolutely perfect because it was the birthday of the King.

This Christmas, don’t dwell on trying to create the perfect Christmas. Instead, ask God to give you a blessed Christmas. It doesn’t matter if you wrap gifts the night before Christmas, or if the cookies get a little too brown on the bottom. And no one will know if you made the whole meal from scratch or took a few shortcuts here and there. What really matters is whether or not you and your family spend time together and whether or not you take time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Greatest Gift

This Christmas, I am striving to keep my eyes on Jesus Christ. Even as I select special items to give to my family and friends, I want these items to remind them of my love for them and in turn, the love that Jesus has for all of us. To me, the greatest joy in giving a gift is sharing my love with someone else. I truly believe that it is more blessed to give than receive. So did God. But He didn’t give us another pair of socks, a gift card to our favorite restaurant, or a new smartphone. He gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ, as the greatest gift ever given in the history of mankind. Then, Jesus truly gave His all, just for you and me.

A Gift of Love

Following in His Father’s footsteps, Jesus gave of Himself by healing the sick, raising the dead, and performing many miracles. Jesus helped others more than we will ever know. God’s Word says, “Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25 NLT). Jesus did more than any other person in the history of mankind. But He didn’t stop there. When Jesus was 33 years old, He made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life, so we could receive the gift of eternal life. Why? I John 3:16 (NIV) says, “This is how we know what love is: Christ laid down His life for us.” Jesus gave His life because He loved us.

Jesus’ level of giving sort of makes that beautiful scarf you bought for your grandmother or the train set you picked out for your children pale in comparison doesn’t it? That’s the beauty of gift giving though. Jesus gave of Himself, expecting nothing in return. Even now, He doesn’t expect any form of repayment. We have the freedom to either accept this priceless gift of grace or reject this precious gift that has been freely extended to every man, woman, boy, and girl. Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Through the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, our sins can be erased.

This Christmas season, embrace the love of Jesus Christ. As you write your Christmas cards to family and friends, decorate gingerbread cookies, and enjoy shopping for all of the special gift recipients on your list, remember why we celebrate this holiday in the first place. Jesus Christ is the reason for it all.

Without the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas would not be CHRISTmas. On that first Christmas night, love came down to earth. Hope was born. Eternal hope found only through Jesus Christ. That is how Christmas changed the world.

The Gift of Eternal Life

Put your trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus will cleanse your sins and fill you with peace that passes all understanding. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Jesus loves you unconditionally. I John 3:16 states, “This is how we know what love is: Christ gave His life for us.” Jesus died to save you. He rose again and wants to give you eternal life. If you are looking for everlasting hope, a constant Friend and Help in times of trouble, pray these words:

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for loving me unconditionally. I believe you died on the cross and rose again. Please forgive me of my sins. Come into my heart and make me a new creation. I want to live for You. Help me share Your love with others.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, I encourage you to read the Bible, find a church family who can encourage you in your new walk with Christ, and most importantly, pray for God to help you.

May God bless you always,

Jennifer Campbell

jennifer@christwillreturn.org

www.jennifercampbell.net

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