Devotional

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8.

If you want to generate some interesting conversation, just ask people what they think about Christmas. If you did, you would encounter some people who cannot get past the story of Christmas. The story of Christmas is the story of God coming to set His people free. That is the good news of Jesus Christ at Christmas. But people give you a quizzical look and say, “dude, the world is a mess.” So they doubt, they have issues with the church and they poke holes at faith. They accept the fact that there was a man that was born 2,000 years ago named Jesus. He was a good teacher, but that was then and this is now. He is no longer relevant, in fact, should we keep Christmas at all?  Could you imagine with me for a minute what life would be like if their wish was granted.

For me to imagine a life without Jesus is difficult, because we all have had some understanding and concept of Jesus but, on the other hand, I know that a life without Christ is a life without purpose or point.    

There is a lot of talk in the world about what the meaning and purpose of this life is. Scholars and philosophers discuss that question and people come up with varying answers. Some say that being a good person is the purpose of this life. Some say having stuff and resources and leading a happy life is the purpose in life. Some say positively affecting the world is the purpose in this life. Solomon was a person who tried all sorts of things to find meaning, and in the end this was his conclusion as to where we find our meaning, purpose and value in life:

“That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

There are many things that I hope to accomplish in this life. I strive to be a good father and husband. I desire to be a good influence in the community, but I do not find my meaning of life in those things. I find my meaning in Christ. If it was not for Jesus, my life would be a wreck. I would be without hope, without direction, without ambition, without aim, without anything significant to live for, without meaning and without purpose in life. So Christmas matters.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you find hard at Christmas time?
  2. How could you look for Jesus in Christmas this year?
  3. Who could you share Jesus with this Christmas? How?