What is the spirit of Christmas? It all started in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Jesus, God’s son was born. The Christmas story is about his birth, but you have to look at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to get the complete picture. Let’s take a closer look at the true Christmas story, the meaning behind it and the true spirit of the Christmas season.
In the world, Christmas has turned into a gift giving extravaganza. If that were only the half of it, it would be and was meant to be a nice addition to the Christmas season. The problem lies in the differentiation between the true meaning of Christmas and what we as imperfect people are capable of doing. This is especially true if we try to leave out the most important part, the ‘reason for the season,’ Jesus.
Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and he is Christ, the Messiah, hence the word Christmas. His life was lived in complete sacrifice, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice when he died on the cross for our sins. The salvation his death on the cross offers all mankind is the ultimate gift. Christmas is about the birth of our Savior, the Lord of all.
God sent his son to save us, and Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity. Three days after paying the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus was resurrected from the dead and 40 days later, ascended into Heaven to be with God the Father. He did not leave the believers on their own, however, as the Holy Spirit was given to his people as a gift.
Jesus is how we come to the father. That is why we pray everything in Jesus’ name. His death and resurrection fulfilled the prophecies and the new covenant. As a people, we are accountable but helpless. Without Jesus, we all sit in the judgment seat on some level. God loves all his children. He promised not to leave or forsake us. He loves us.
God is holy. We aren’t worthy of coming to speak to him and be in his presence without Jesus. It was the sacrifice that Jesus made that is the greatest story ever told. While it is easy to perhaps minimize Christmas and talk only about the birth of Christ, true believers know what that means. It means that the Savior was born.
The truth behind the Trinity is that God was born into this world as a man and lived a selfless life. He left the third part of the Trinity with us, his Holy Spirit, to comfort and guide us. God lived a perfect life as a man, something we ourselves are incapable of doing. We are to call upon his name and accept that we are sinners. Each one of us is imperfect. Just remember, the truth will set you free. Why take on the world when Christ Jesus as overcome the world? That is the true meaning and spirit of Christmas, the birth of our Savior.