It’s Christmas time, and Christmas is incredibly emotional for so many people. During the holiday season, you often find there are two kinds of people: People who are very happy and those who are very unhappy. When you look at these two emotions, you find they are both temporary.
During Christmas, some people will be happy because of a gift they receive, but once they are tired of the gift, their happiness goes away. Others base their happiness on getting credit for the gift they give and how much money they spent. Then January hits and they get their credit card bill, and their happiness goes away. And some people base their happiness on a season or event and are happy one time a year.
Then there are those who are unhappy. Often times, people are very unhappy at Christmas because they are lonely. The thing they want so much is someone in their life, but they are lonely because of divorce, loss, or some situation of their own making.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re really happy or really unhappy because those are temporary emotions. Christmas should be about two emotions which are not temporary.
The first emotion is peace. When the angels appeared to the Shepherd, what did they say? They said, “Peace on Earth.” This is powerful because God came to make peace on Earth with us, so the greatest gift that you can have, and give yourself is the emotion of peace. And you do that by making your peace with God. When you’re at peace with God, everything else is settled and Christmas becomes even more powerful. Peace is an emotion that lasts.
The second emotion of Christmas is joy. The angel said it, “Joy to the world, the Savior is born!” Why? Because it’s incredibly good news. The joy that comes when you have a right relationship with God, is a joy that helps in your happiness or unhappiness.
The joy you experience through a relationship with Jesus Christ is the joy that lasts. Those two emotions are worth focusing on this Christmas. I hope you experience those in a huge way. And I hope you join us and be a part of our Christmas Eve services.