The Christmas season centers around the most epic story of all time: Immanuel, God with us. It is a story that starts with love, overflows with miracles, and ends in redemption. In practice, it is a story that many Christians think about and live out every day of the year.
Also in practice, it is a story that even unbelievers think about and engage with several weeks of the year during this holiday season. We need to be prepared and equipped to capitalize on this opportunity that hundreds of years of Christian culture in this country has given us.
But how? Here are some tips for the season:
- Rehearse the Christmas story yourself.
- Read Matthew chapters 1-2 and Luke chapters 1-2 with your family. Get creative and act it out (especially fun with the young kiddos)! Watch a movie about the birth of Christ. Imagine what it would have been like to be Mary or Joseph, Simeon or Anna, the shepherds or the wise men. This story has the gospel and God’s plan for the world saturated in every detail!
- Do Christian things and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join you.
- Go to one of the many local nativity scenes. Drive around and see Christmas lights. Organize a neighborhood Christmas caroling event with fellowship afterwards. Organize a neighborhood or office white elephant gift exchange. Host a Christmas party.
- Lastly, don’t worry.
- Often many Christians feel overwhelmed even thinking about sharing and defending their faith. They don’t know enough Bible verses. They aren’t prepared to refute false worldviews. They don’t know their own worldview well enough. This is where Christmas helps you out! The subject of God is already out there. The simple story of Jesus’ birth is compelling enough to stand on its own. Listen to your friends and family and neighbors tell you what the season means to them, and then gently let the Holy Spirit work through you to encourage them to see the face of Christ.
The bottom line is that the amazing twist of the Christmas story is that when God visited earth he did not bring the death and destruction that we deserved in judgment, but He brought life and healing and an offer of salvation.
Our prayer here at the Ambassadors Forum is that you would be filled with awe and wonder at the God who created you, pursued you when you were in vicious rebellion against Him, and reconciled you to Himself by laying down His greatest sacrifice. That all of us would join with the heavenly chorus of angels who announced our deliverance over 2,000 years ago and sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill toward men!”