"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlastinglife" John 3:16.
There is a popular television show called, Everybody Loves Raymond. As I listen on the radio and look around on television, in the stores, everywhere at the Santas, elves, reindeer, and snowmen, it appears everybody loves Chris, too (Kringle, that is), and fewer people love Christ. There is good reason to love Chris, but there is a better reason to love Christ. With Chris, you might get a gift, but with Christ, you get The Gift. With Chris, you might get savings, but with Christ, you get saved. With Chris, it's a wonderful life, but with Christ it's a wonderful eternity! With Chris, you might receive, but with Christ it is more blessed to give than to receive.
While John 3:16 is often overlooked as being a "Christmas verse" we can easily see the loving, giving heart of the Father in that he gave His only begotten Son for our sins. God the Father set the example of giving, and it was carried on in the life of Christ from the manger to the Cross. In turn Jesus commands us in John 13:34, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
Well, who do you love? Are you with everybody? Do you love Chris or Christ? I encourage you at this wonderful time of year as we celebrate our newborn King to appreciate our giving God and His loving Son, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit who helps us to cheerfully give. Jesus gave his life for our sins. Jesus is the reason for the season. Join me in keeping Christ in Christmas. Jesus saves!