Summary: What is the meaning of Christmas. We enjoy the festivities, the gift-giving, the pageants and decorations. But they veil the real meaning of Christmas. Join is Sunday as Pastor Sligh preaches on the “The True Meaning of Christmas."
The True Meaning of Christmas
November 27, 2016
TEXT: 1 Timothy 1:15 – “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Christmas means different things to different people. To some people, Christmas means gift giving and receiving. Who among us doesn’t delight in receiving a gift, even if we don’t need it? Who doesn’t revel in watching a friend’s or loved one’s expression of glee when they open a gift we’ve given?
To other people, Christmas means children’s plays and pageants. Kids do the funniest things in Christmas plays, don’t they?
Illus. – I remember the story of some children in their early school years who got out of line while putting on a Christmas pageant in church. Thirteen of them were to walk across the stage, each carrying a placard bearing a letter of the alphabet. All together, if they had been in correct order and in line, they would have spelled “B-E-T-H-L-E-H-E-M S-T-A-R.” But the “star” bearers got turned around and went in backwards, so to speak, spelling out: “B-E-T-H-L-E-H-E-M R-A-T-S”!
To some people Christmas means family activities—decorating the Christmas tree together; family get-togethers; wonderful meals with relatives.
Sadly, for many people, Christmas is not all joy and peace on earth!—If you’re a mother with little children, perhaps “A Busy Mother’s Version of the Twelve Days of Christmas” describes your experience at Christmas, which goes like this:
On the twelfth day of Christmas
My littlest love gave to me…
Twelve dogs a-leaping
Eleven cats a-creeping,
Ten fingers gripping,
Nine toes a-tripping,
Eight drinks a-spilling
Seven glasses filling,
Six friends and things,
Five telephone rings,
Four crayoned walls,
Three loud calls,
Two kisses free,
And one mother up a pear tree!
Unfortunately, for too many, Christmas means overindulgence and drunkenness and sin and immorality.
Well, what is the REAL meaning of Christmas? That is to say, what is Christmas all about from the standpoint of the BIBLE? After all, it’s there that the Christmas story is revealed to us.
Really, it can be wrapped up in the Apostle Paul’s statement in our text “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15) I’d like you to notice three things in this verse that tells us the true meaning of Christmas:
I. FIRST, THIS VERSE TELLS US THAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT A PERSON
Paul said, “Christ Jesus came…” Christmas is not really about Santa Claus, elves or reindeer. It’s about JESUS. That’s why we call it CHRIST-mas.
Who is this person that Christmas is all about? He is undoubtedly the most unique person in history. Everything about Him was unique—what He was, what He taught, what He did. Someone wrote the following about Him: