1 John 1:1-5 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” “(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)” “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
Christmas is probably my favorite time of the year and it isn’t because of all the shopping I get to do or about the gifts that I receive. I love this time of year because it focuses on my Savior, Jesus Christ. This time of year is for us to remember what God has done for us by sending His Son, Jesus to show us the way to salvation. This time of year should be a joyful time for every Christian.
We find in 1 John 1:1-5 that within Jesus Christ, there is no darkness at all. If we are saved by His grace, we can live a life of peace and joy today. It is because of God that we are able to know that peace and live within the light each day. God didn’t have to send His Son to show us the way to live. God could have kept Jesus to Himself if He wanted to, but instead, He chose to show us mercy and grace through His one and only Son.
I know the holidays can be hard on many who have lost loved ones, but if we focus on the goodness of Christ, the sadness that we feel for those who are no longer with us will be filled with His joy instead. We should be joyous in knowing that we can still have fellowship with Christ today by praying and being in His presence. We should be joyous in knowing that we don’t have to live in darkness anymore because God sent His only son to save us from our sins and this dark world.
Be merry and joyous in Jesus this Christmas season. He is our light and our peace.