Over the past few weeks we’ve heard lots of people pontificate on what the true meaning of Christmas is, but sadly most got it wrong.
It’s not about peace, giving, family, gifts, snow or helping out those less fortunate. Don’t get me wrong, those are all wonderful endeavors that should be practiced not only during Christmas but during the entire year.
But the real meaning of Christmas is about our Creator sending us help when we didn’t deserve it. We chose a sinful nature and because of this, God recognized that we were hopelessly lost without a Savior so He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin. Jesus lived among us, healed the sick, taught His disciples and then willingly gave Himself up to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus sealed the deal by coming back to life 3 days later and ascended into Heaven where He waits to come again to Earth for the final time and bring His Bride (the Church) into Heaven. If anyone recognizes their sinful nature, acknowledges the birth, death and resurrection of Christ as full payment for their sins then they are a member of the Church and will receive everlasting life in Heaven.
For this reason, Mary will forever have the title of Theotokos, or God Bearer.
There could be but one person to carry Jesus in her womb but that doesn’t mean we can’t also be a Theotokos. We must all answer the call of God to bring the Gospel to those who are lost and in that regard; we can all be a Theotokos.
Make a commitment to be the Theotokos in your part of the world and spread the Good News to those who need it. If there was ever a time our world needed to hear a message of hope and salvation, it is now.
There is a nice video below that reinforces the true meaning of Christmas – God sent His Son to save us. It’s the best story ever told and it’s the reason that the word “Gospel” means “Good News.”
Watch this video below and pay attention to the part about the “pauses.” These simple 8 notes played in quick succession are meaningless but once the pauses are added the melody takes on a whole new meaning. Take time in your life to add “pauses” and you’ll notice life takes on a whole new meaning.
Merry Christmas to all!