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A Christmas quiz

Christmas is a time of year when it’s easy to get a little nostalgic. The familiar songs, the decorations, the homecoming of friends and family all make for a very emotional time of year.

But that’s not necessarily a good thing when it comes to truth. Nostalgia can cloud our thinking and fantasy can become fact. So, in order for us to truly celebrate this season I would like for us to think together for a few minutes about Christmas. To help us do that, let’s take a little Christmas quiz.

Here’s the first question: Who is the reason for this season?

If you have ever been in church at Christmas, you probably think the answer should be “Jesus.” (that’s always a good answer to bet on for any question they ask in church, by the way!). But is that really the case?

A lady was walking in a shopping center in the States with a Christmas sweater. In the middle of the sweater, in bold print, were these words: “I am the Reason for the Season.” I had two reactions to that. First, I gave I her full marks for honesty. Most of us would never say those words, but we certainly act like it when it comes to presents. Some of us take mental note of how many gifts we got in comparison to the rest of the family. It’s not a pretty thing to admit, but Christmas can bring out the greed in us. My second reaction was less philosophical. I thought it was rather disrespectful and even bordered on blasphemous. I mean, isn’t Jesus the reason for the season?

Actually, as I’ve thought about it I have come to believe that she is actually correct: she is the reason for Christmas – and so are you and I.

Think about it. Jesus didn’t need Christmas. As the Son of God He has an eternal existence. He didn’t need to come to earth to be born. But we needed “Immanuel, God with us.” We needed God to come to us because we couldn’t find our way back to Him. And Jesus didn’t need to come to earth to save us, but we desperately needed Him to do so, because our good works were just not good enough to gain God’s acceptance. That’s why the angel told the shepherds “today … a Savior is born, he is Christ, the Lord.” That was the good news for all people.

Please do not misunderstand me. Jesus is the very much the focus of Christmas. It is His birthday, His story. And if we try to take Christ out of Christ-mas all we’ll have left is a mess! But Jesus is not the reason for Christmas.

And this brings me to my second question: What is the message of Christmas?

Christmas cards and songs suggest it is: “Love others.” That’s a good idea, but it’s not the central message. Rather, I would like to suggest that the core message of Christmas is this: “You are loved …by God Himself!”

This is not my own idea, by the way; I got it directly from the Bible. In the gospel by John, chapter 3 and verse 16, it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” He’s referring to Christmas.

Let’s review.

Did you know … that you are God’s reason for this season?
Did you know … that the message of Christmas is that you are loved – by God?
Did you know … that God has a gift for you this Christmas – the gift of life?
Did you know … that this gift meets our deepest needs?

God offers us forgiveness for the guilt of our mistakes and failures, the things we cannot change or repay. The debt is not overlooked, but paid for by Christ. Second, God offers us freedom from the unbearable weight of knowing that even our greatest achievements will ultimately count for nothing, if life ends in a wooden box.

This gift is not a lifestyle or set of beliefs. It’s a Person – Jesus Christ.

And the final question on this quiz is the most important: What will you do with Jesus Christ this Christmas?

Will you receive His love and forgiveness? Will you open up your life to Him and become His follower?

I hope you will do that this Christmas, if you haven’t already done so. Don’t just celebrate a holiday this year, celebrate a Person: Mary’s boy child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. In doing so you not only pass this quiz, you pass the final exam of life.

Think about it.


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Jade,  Nova Scotia

Posted at 9:01am on Monday, December 24th, 2007

Merry Christmas Monaco!!!!


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by Pastor Jim Beerley