he spirit of Christmas is Grace in Christ Jesus! God is showing His grace, favor, kindness, goodwill and love to all humanity through Christ. Grace provides what we cannot obtain for ourselves, grace gives us forgiveness, love and mercy, which is undeserved, unmerited and unearned. We can express God’s love through kindness, goodwill and favor to others who may not deserve it but it is still given regardless of merit.
God so loved this world that He gave His best, Jesus, to save us even when we were in our worst state. God loved us while we were lost and did not care or love Him and He expressed His love in the Gift of Christ our Savior. The love of God sacrifices and gives even though it may not be received or be reciprocated.
Jesus emptied Himself of all His right as the Prince in heaven and humbled Himself to be born of flesh as a child on earth. He was born of flesh and restricted to a life in a fallen world fixed in an appointed time for the service of others. Jesus came to show the grace, mercy and love God has for all mankind.
Luke 2: 10-11 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. NKJ
God gave us His best gift; Jesus Christ His Son and the angels sang of this joy to all mankind and the men responded in worship. Wise men sought Him and gave gifts to honor the Child who was born to be King of kingsover all the earth. Wise men are still seeking Jesus and are giving gifts to honor Jesus as Lord and King.
These wise men went looking for the Christ though it wasa great distance way, at much cost and much preparation. They came from a far country to search out where Jesuswas born to give great and costly gifts they had prepared for the King, the One who was worthy of all they had and more.
These gifts were to show honor to the God in heaven andto Mary and Joseph so they could survive and provide for the Christ Child. We honor our God when we honor His children and give to those created in God’s image. When we give to the least of those in humanity, those who are in need on the earth, we are giving to God.
Proverbs 19:17 When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back. GNT
We should make it our tradition and to teach our children the true Spirit of Christmas is to give the gift of grace to others, to those who may be undeserving. Instead of teaching them to focusing on themselves and their friends we should be an example of God’s love and give to thosewho have not earned it but out of grace we give gifts. We should show love to honor our Lord and King by givingthe gift of grace to those who are without strength or assets.
We should be determined to express the love Christ has shown us to those who are underserving are around us. We should teach our children that Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given was given to us. We should wantto give this good and great gift of God our Father to others rather than looking to receive one.
Romans 5:6, 8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus walked in the grace of God as a man to fulfill His purpose. He was given the same power that we have access to today, the Holy Spirit. God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and the command to love others as He has loved us.
We should desire to give this gift of grace to others and determine how we will express this Spirit of Christmas, love and grace to those around us who are in need. During this time of the year the world softens its heart and expresses kindness and show compassion to one another. How much more should we, who are in the household and family of God, express His Grace to otherswho are without hope?
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. NKJ
Jesus is our example and was led by the Spirit of God to give the good news of the gospel, that God’s kingdom has returned to the earth that we can now be forgiven and enter into His kingdom. Jesus showed the love of God to the brokenhearted that they did not have to be alone and that they can receive the Holy Spirit as their companion,guide and God as their Father. To those who wereenslaved to the appetites of the flesh and their addictions,they too can be set free by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We also can help those who are blind to the truth of God’s word by showing the love of God in our actions. Those who are oppressed through injustices of this fallen world system or who live under the tyranny of social or cultural hatred can be set free by the love of God through the blood of Jesus. Now is the acceptable time to receive from God this precious gift of Grace.
Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Jesus is our reason for Christmas; He is our gift of graceand the reason we give to those who are unable to help themselves. Jesus came and provided what we could not provide for ourselves. Let us choose to be the provisionthat someone may need during this Christmas season. Let us be as the wise men of old and prepare gifts for our Sovereign King to show honor and to worship Him, through the people we serve who are in need.
Ephesians 4:7,12 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measures of Christ’s gift… for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, NKJ
This Christmas let us give the gift of Christ’s grace, in a word of encouragement, in an expression of concern, in the displaying of love to those who may even be ill tempered and unlovely but who are in desperate need of God’s love.