In an effort to make daddy and Terry ‘known’ to the members of our family who were born after they died … at family gatherings we’ll share true stories about them, their work, their personal strengths and weaknesses, their victories and struggles in life, and especially of their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
Likewise and more importantly, we make Jesus Christ, the Son of God ‘known’ to members of our family (especially the younger ones) by sharing true stories from the Bible about His birth and His ministry while He was on earth. We tell of Jesus’ struggles and victories yet how He steadfastly remained obedient to God’s purpose for His life. We tell of how He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, how the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed. And with great joy we tell of His major victory over Satan, death and the grave when He took upon Himself the sin of the world, gave up His life on the cross and three days later rose from the grave.
My sadness upon seeing my daddy and brother’s Christmas stockings hanging from the mantel didn’t linger and turn into depression but rather was momentary because in John 3:16 we have the promise that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Yes, one day in the not too distant future, I will see my daddy and brother again. And together, we will bow before God in worship and thank Him for His love. Thank Him for sending His Son Jesus Christ … the true Christmas Gift.
If your family doesn’t yet “know” Jesus Christ, here’s a good way you can introduce them to Him: This year as part of your family’s’ Christmas festivities read them the true Christmas Story as recorded in the Bible. Begin with Jesus’ conception by reading Luke 1: 26-38 (Luke; chapter 1, verses 26-38) followed by Matthew 1:18-25. Next, tell your family about Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem by reading Luke 2: 1-20. Then to end the story, tell your loved ones about the visit of the Magi (wise men), and how when they saw the Child with Mary His mother, they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The visit of the Magi is found in Matthew 2: 1-12.
By sharing the Christmas Story with your loved ones …you will most certainly be planting seeds in their hearts so that one day, they too might come to ‘know’ Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
— Debra Joy Wallace is an inspirational columnist and speaker. Read Debra Joy’s blog and view her ongoing video series online at www.debrajoywallace.com.