Text: John 3:16-18
How do you explain the meaning of Christmas in
just a few words? Well the best way I know is this:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life."
No one could outdo what God has done. No one could
give a greater gift than God has already given. I
would like for us to consider the meaning of Christ-
mas this morning-what it should mean to each and
every one of us assembled here today.
Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of diff-
erent people. To some it is-
-a time of shopping and spending
-a time of drinking and carousing
-a time of traveling and entertaining
But, what is the real meaning of Christmas? What
message should it convey to every one of us?
To me, Christmas is...
I. A TIME OF REMEMBERING
-remembering the great love that God had for
each and every one of us. He loved us so
much, that He spared not His only Son that
we might be saved.
-remembering the uniqueness of
-remembering all those humble but great people
surrounding the Christmas story
people like Joseph & Mary, Zacharias & Eliz-
abeth, Anna, Simeon, the sheperds, the wise
II. Secondly, to me, Christmas is...
A TIME OF LOVING
People make a special effort to be a little
kinder, a little more considerate of others,
and a little more generous during the Christ-
mas season. They get involved in such things
as Christmas carolling, toys for the needy,
meals for the misfortunate, etc.
It is a time for reaching out to others with
love and concern.
God so loved the world-let us never forget
that!!! In all of our preaching, teaching,
evangelizing, etc. let us always remember
that the motivation for all this is the love
of God for lost sinners. He really cares
about us. So should we care as He cares.
So should we love, as He loves.
III. A TIME OF GIVING
For God so loved the world, that He gave...
Love cannot look with indifference on the
hungry, and the sick, and the lonely, lost
souls of this world. Love must give.
God gave all He could give. He gave His
only begotten Son. This gift was freely
given, lovingly given, graciously given to
all of us, who were undeserving sinners.
Christ shared our human nature that we might
receive His divine nature. Day by day, those
who receive Him are being transformed into
His image, until we all come into the full
stature of the perfected children of God,
washed in the blood of the Lamb.
IV. A TIME OF FORGIVING
God was willing to forgive us. He was willing
to show mercy to a sinful, lost, and dying
world. Do we possess His forgiving spirit?
Or, is our spirit a judgmental one, that
looks down upon others?
Is there someone we need to forgive today?
V. A TIME OF RESCUING
God rescued us by His love and mercy. He
saved us from perishing.
Without Christ we are without life, and
headed for an eternity without God-forever
seperated from the God who made us and longs
to save us.
He wants us to inherit eternal life. We