Unfortunately, many people who say it don’t actually know what it means. They’ve simply heard others say it and thought it sounded cute, so they started using it themselves. I get really upset when I hear people say, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” I feel like it’s such a cop-out and I get really frustrated when I hear it preached in a sermon because the clergy should know better.
Although I respects people’s opinions, I myself do not believe that Jesus is the reason for the season. I know many people use this cliché, but in my opinion, it does not hold true. And I am sticking to my belief. So please don’t try to convince me otherwise.
While I understand that some people may disagree with me, I strongly believe that Jesus is NOT the reason for the season. As an ordained minister and Bible teacher, I have the knowledge and experience to support my belief. There are several reasons why I believe this to be true. First, the Bible does not mention Jesus being born on December 25th. In fact, scholars believe that he was most likely born in the springtime.
Second, many of the traditions and activities associated with Christmas (such as decorating trees, giving gifts, etc.) actually have pagan origins. And finally, the focus of Christmas should be on celebrating Jesus’ life and teachings – not on his birth. I know that my beliefs may be controversial, but I hope that people will at least consider my points before dismissing them outright.
Struggling this holiday season
Hope is something that can be found in many places – even in the darkest of times. If you yourself are struggling this holiday season, know that you are not alone and that there is hope for a better tomorrow. Take some time for yourself to remember the good moments and the happy times. Embrace your loved ones and make new memories together. Most importantly, don’t give up and don’t forget that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Jesus is the reason for the season. His birth brings hope to both bleak and bustling lives, for those of us in the darkness and those who’ve simply forgotten to slow down and enjoy the presence and love of our Savior. Further down in this piece are 15 scripture reminders of hope this Christmas. But first, let’s focus on Jesus and the holiday that celebrates His life.
Jesus Reason for the Season
Every year around Christmas time, there always seems to be a lot of conversation and controversy about the holiday and its celebration on December 25. Some people say that Christmas was created to counter a pagan holiday and worldly approach, rather than to celebrate the day of Jesus’ actual birth.
In an article called “What Is Christmas: History, Traditions, and Celebration,” author Jesse BryantWilder discusses the different theories about the origins of Christmas.” explains that there have been many pagan and religious celebrations held on or near December 25th throughout history. Even though there are numerous holidays around this time of year, only one provides us with true hope – and that is Christmas. The birth of Jesus is the only event that can offer us this hope.
Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus – not only His birth, but also the gift of His life, death, and resurrection. Through Christ, we have hope for salvation. He is available to us whenever we call on Him and He forgives us of our sins. Christ loves us and offers us comfort and hope. This holiday season, let’s make Jesus the reason for the season!
Christmas is a time to remember that we have hope
Jesus came into the world to save us, and His love is the greatest gift of all. As we celebrate His birth, let us also remember His purpose for coming – to seek and save the lost. Below are 15 verses that remind us of the hope we have in Jesus. Use them to reflect on His love for us, and to share that love with others this Christmas season.
Looking for some Bible verses to help get you into the Christmas spirit?
Check out these Old Testament passages about the birth of Jesus Christ! “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 8:8
Old Testament times
Before Jesus was born, many people from the Old Testament times proclaimed his coming. And it came to pass. As written in Isaiah 7:14, ” Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Jesus’ birth was foretold by many people and it eventually happened as they said it would. This shows that Jesus is the Son of as he was able to fulfill the prophecies.
Lineage of Jesus
The lineage of Jesus is incredible and full of hope. It includes Jesse and David, Rahab and Ruth – the rich, the poor, the outcasts, and those who were well-loved. You can find this list in Matthew.
Root of Jesus
“In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10 WEB) He’s a signal. Perhaps those twinkling lights on the Christmas tree can spur remembrance of this one truth.
New Testament Christmas Bible Verses about Jesus
He Lived Among Us 4. “The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 WEB) Jesus isn’t some distant, unrelatable. He lived among us.
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’” (Matthew 1:20-21 WEB) This was truly a miraculous event – one that can only be attributed to the power of ***. This is yet another reason why we celebrate Jesus’ birth every year.
Eternal life in Christ Jesus
The eternal life in Christ Jesus, and that life is the greatest gift we could ever ask for. When we open up that gift, we find hope, love, and joy that lasts forever. Don’t miss out on this free gift. Accept it today and start living the life you were meant to live. Here are some prayers you can say for salvation.
kindness is one of the best gifts
kindness is one of the best gifts we can give and receive. In Titus 3:4-7, we read about how kindness and love for mankind was shown not by our works of righteousness, but by his mercy. He saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. This means that we can be justified by his grace and made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Justice and with righteousness
“Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:7 WEB) No matter what time of year it is or how dark things might seem, remember that in Jesus, we have unending peace.
Prince of Peace
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 WEB) Our gift is the Son. But Jesus is not just a child. He’s the Prince of Peace.
Good news of great joy
The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:8-12 WEB) This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.
The shepherds sought hope and found it in the good news they received. The continuation of this passage tells us that they didn’t simply stand around after hearing this news. They sought out Jesus. Led them faithfully to the Messiah, who was an unassuming baby with a lineage that might have made a few folks shake their heads. The shepherds worshiped Him and we can too.
Love the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 WEB) gift is love, the best kind of love. Not only does it come from the purest source, but it is also eternal. So if you’re ever feeling lost or alone, remember that you are never truly alone because you have love to guide and comfort you.
Scriptures on Hope
The LORD loves those who revere Him and put their hope in His mercy. (Psalm 147:11 NLT) We can have peace and stand firm in His grace only because we have been made right through faith in Jesus Christ. And we rejoice because we know will give us His glory. (Romans 5:1-2 NLT).
The meaning of Christmas is hope. Jesus is the light of the world and He brings hope to everyone. This Christmas, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!