In contrast to the real message of Christmas, every December, we hear of the “Christmas Spirit” or “Holiday Cheer” usually implying some sort of seasonal generosity or undefined goodness that should—at least for a few weeks—grip our hearts and minds.
But what happened to the “good news of great joy?” Where do you see this great joy? As you walk about town, ride in your car or the tram, or shop, do you see great joy on the faces of others?
It appears to be exactly the opposite.
People seem busy rushing here and there, frantically trying to get ready for the dinners, parties, and events to have time to stop and wonder what it’s all about. The reality is that they might even have snarls on their faces as they search for a parking place or the perfect gift for someone.
But don’t let them spoil your good mood! Instead, let this truth take a hold of your mind: a Savior was born on a real day in history. Through him, God, the Creator of the universe, offers us a permanent place in his kingdom.
So it really doesn’t matter whether you get a good parking place, or that you’ve managed to find that perfect gift, or that you can’t be with everyone you wanted to be with for Christmas. The fact remains that Jesus was born and because of him all of life can be different. We have a bright future that no one can take away from us.
It’s Jesus, and Jesus alone, who brings the truly good news to us. His message includes the promise that everything we ever lost will be restored to us, every genuine relationship created by God will last forever, nothing bad in our lives will remain. In fact, our greatest pain or disappointment is not even worth mentioning compared to the glory that will be revealed in the end.
John I. Snyder is an international pastor (currently serving at Starnberg Fellowship, Starnberg, Germany), conference speaker, and author of the book Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame (ranked #1 on Christian Ethics in Theology on Amazon) from Abingdon Press. His highly acclaimed prayer guide Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God (ranked #1 on Meditations on Amazon books, #1 on Prayer on Amazon Kindle, #9 on Christian living on Amazon) from Thomas Nelson Publishers has transformed the lives of readers all over the world, taking them on a 100-day journey in prayer over a specific issue or circumstance in their lives. John received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and he received his Doctor of Theology degree magna cum laude in New Testament Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland. John has been featured on Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, Fox News, Faith Radio Network, Cru, American Family Radio Network, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh, Miracle Channel, Bill Martinez Live, and many more.