2 The Meaning of Christmas “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” - Margaret Thatcher“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation.... Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.... It was the central event in the history of the Earth—the very thing that the whole story has been about.” - C.S. Lewis
3 1 John 1:1-4We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning… We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands… And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us… And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
4 The meaning of Christmas “I LOVE YOU!”The meaning of ChristmasReal love is possible.“You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”- Francis Crick
5 The Meaning of Christmas Real love is possible.True joy is possible.1 Corinthians 15:55–57O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 John 1:4“We write this to make our joy complete.”
6 The Meaning of Christmas Real love is possible.True joy is possible.Christmas makes peace possible.“What! Get to heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!” – George WhitefieldJohn 14:6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”Galatians 2:16Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law….1 John 1:3…And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.1 Timothy 1:15… Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…
7 The Meaning of Christmas 1 John 4:9–10; John 1:12God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.…to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.Real love is possible.True joy is possible.Christmas makes peace possible.“The point of Christmas is that JesusChrist really lived, and He really died.It happened in history. He did thesethings. He said these things.” – Tim Keller