The Gospel – the Good News – is the story of God’s love for us. Christmas is how God decided to show us how much He loves us. We were disconnected from God. We were lost, without direction. We were under a terrible curse. We were under condemnation.
Jesus was sent to this world to make things right. He came to connect us to God, to redeem us, and save us from our sins, shortcomings and bad decisions. He came to show us the way to God. The good news is the good news because we were all in no condition to redeem ourselves, to fix the problem that we created, and to restore our relationship with God. We simply could not and still cannot. No matter what we try, it can be religion, philosophy, or good deeds. They are not enough to put us where God’s requirements demand.
Christmas is about this beautiful love story. God seeking for us, giving Himself to have a relationship with us. This is why during Christmas we should share this story, because it is great news to everyone. Here are some suggestions about how you can share this story.
1. Remember the story – Some of us never learned the story. They know parts of it, but not the whole thing. For them, my suggestion is to learn the whole story. They can do this going back to the Gospel’s narrative. The main texts would be found in the beginning of Matthew and Luke. Others learned the story a long time ago. They just need to brush off the dust and remember what they learned. Maybe they can add the prophecies related to that event. Those prophecies can be found in Isaiah, Micah, and Zechariah.
2. Tell the story – The next thing that you can do is to make the story part of your conversation. Try to find a hook, a point, or a topic that you can connect the conversation with your friends, family, or coworkers to the story of Christ and His birth. Make it natural, do not force the story with all the theological jargons into the conversation. Just tell the story. Invite people in the conversation so they can talk about it. It is a beautiful story that would fit in any kind of conversation.
3. Tell what the story means to you – Finally share with them what the meaning of that story to your personal life. You can include something about learning how much God loved you; or how Christ came to you life when things were dark; or how His light guided you to Him. There are many ways to share the Christmas story and what it meant to us in different stages of our life. Just share those lessons. You will see how much people appreciate when you put your personal experience in the conversation.
Do not let this event and season pass by you silently. Christmas is good news from God to everyone, because of that it must be shared.
Have a blessed week,