Keeping Christ in Christmas – a challenge and a guide

A Christ-Filled Christmas

Really Enjoying the Holidays 

Dear Friend-

What a Savior we have to celebrate!  He has come to give us life and life to the full (John 10:10)!   This time of year, may we seek His presence in many ways.  May we slow down and soak in His goodness.  May this Christmas bring you peace beyond understanding and many moments of enjoying your family.   May you see Jesus in your day to day and may He richly provide for your family… in the things that really matter—love, joy, peace, and eternal security.  

Jesus loves you so much.    May you delight in Him this Holy Season!

—Kim Jaggers

A Christmas Challenge

How can we have a peaceful, Christ-filled Christmas?

Keep your eyes on Jesus  – the author and perfecter of our faith.

Hebrews 12 (NIV) 1-3

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 

Hebrews 12 (The Message) 1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Let’s be determined to commit to have some JOY this Christmas  – don’t allow all the busyness stress you out!  Let’s truly enjoy the time (that really is fleeting) with our kids, grandkids, friends and family.  

Keep your focus on JESUS and remember He alone is the Prince of Peace.  Ask Him to help you choose what is best for your family and remember that the greatest gift you can give those you love this Christmas is MORE of Him.  Let them see more of Him in you.  Let them see you depend on Him.  

Don’t give in to the lie of this world which says it is about how much you materially give your family – what more could you possibly give them than a home where THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE reigns?

Especially this Christmas, commit to keep your eyes on JESUS.   He is the author and perfecter of our faith.  Study Him.  Remember Him.   Talk about Him.  Remind yourself and help others see the true meaning of Christmas.

One very important way to do this is to stay in the WORD this Christmas season.  Don’t let the enemy wear you out and distract you from God’s Word.  Make it a priority.  If you have kids at home, spend time with them in the Bible. 

Remember Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7

 For to us a child is born, 
       to us a son is given, 
       and the government will be on his shoulders. 
       And he will be called 
       Wonderful Counselor, [Mighty God, 
       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

 Of the increase of his government and peace 
       there will be no end. 
       He will reign on David’s throne 
       and over his kingdom, 
       establishing and upholding it 
       with justice and righteousness 
       from that time on and forever. 
       The zeal of the LORD Almighty 
       will accomplish this.

Look to Him for Counsel – Go to His Word every day – don’t let the enemy distract you from Jesus by the busyness of Christmas.  Ask Him to direct your decisions from what to buy, to where to go, to how to celebrate, to how to keep Christmas Christ-centered.   Thank Him that He is a Wonderful Counselor.  

Remember He is also MIGHTY God.   Give every problem to Him and ask for His strength to work through Christmas-time struggles with family, finances, and sheer exhaustion.

Know that He is your EVERLASTING Father and the everlasting Father to those you love.  Remember God is a perfect Father to you and your children.  Allow Him to be the head of your home this Christmas and the One you depend on.  Be deliberate about reminding others of His presence and the present of Christmas – Jesus Christ.

Allow Jesus to be your Prince of Peace.  His death and resurrection made peace between you and God.  Certainly, He can bring peace to you and your family (even those strained relationships) this Christmas season.  

In Isaiah, He is called the Prince of Peace.  The Hebrew word here is Shalom which means “prosperity, happiness, reward”.   When Jesus is the center of our lives, He is our happiness, our prosperity, our reward.   Perfect homes, perfect presents, perfect lives do not exist and will never make us happy.  Only Jesus can bring peace in our lives, in our struggles, and in our busyness… don’t lose sight of your need for Him this Christmas and every day.  

Ready for a challenge?   Will you commit to make this the best Christmas ever by keeping your eyes on Jesus and enjoying true peace, lasting hope, and real joy?  If so, will you commit to the following:

This Christmas Season – I commit to keep my eyes on Jesus by:

1.  Staying in the Word

2.  Continually Seeking His Counsel on decisions

3.  Deliberately Making Christ the Center of My life and My Home 

4.  Remembering that Jesus is the Peace, the Prize, the Reward, and things of this earth, and its rewards are temporary.  The GREATEST gift you can give those you love is MORE of Him by allowing them to see HIM in you.

What follows are ideas to help you and those around you keep your focus on Jesus this Christmas —He is the best gift ever!

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus and Keep Him in Your Christmas 

Things to Remember and Share with the others in Your Life

Why do we celebrate Christmas?

We celebrate the birth of the Christ – Jesus the Savior of the World.

Who is Jesus?  Talk about who Jesus is with others in your life… 

Jesus is the prophesied Messiah and a great light in a world of darkness.  

Jesus is the One that God sent to save a lost world.   The prophets of old foretold of His coming.    These prophets included such men as Isaiah.  Read below what Isaiah was told and recorded over 700 years before Christ’s birth:

Isaiah 9:2

The people walking in darkness 
       have seen a great light; 
       on those living in the land of the shadow of death 
       a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:6-7

 For to us a child is born, 
       to us a son is given, 
       and the government will be on his shoulders. 
       And he will be called 
       Wonderful Counselor, [b] Mighty God, 
       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

 Of the increase of his government and peace 
       there will be no end. 
       He will reign on David’s throne 
       and over his kingdom, 
       establishing and upholding it 
       with justice and righteousness 
       from that time on and forever. 
       The zeal of the LORD Almighty 
       will accomplish this.

In fact, many very specific prophecies were recorded about Jesus’ life before he was ever born.   In Josh McDowell’s book The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, McDowell describes an article in Science Speaks by Peter Stoner which uses statistical probability theory to determine the likelihood of one man fulfilling all 48 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament.  The likelihood of this happening is 1 in 10 to the 157th power or 1 in 10 with 157 zeroes behind it!    

Jesus is the light of the world and our Holy Savior

Read Isaiah 49:6:


       “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant 
       to restore the tribes of Jacob 
       and bring back those of Israel I have kept. 
       I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, 
       that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

God sent Jesus for the Jews and the Gentiles as well.  We live in a world that is called dark because there is sin in our world.   God sent Jesus as a light to the dark world so that salvation could be offered to all.  When you see lights this Christmas, remember that God through the Prophet Isaiah called Jesus the great light in a world of darkness.

But why do we need a Savior?   

1.  We are all sinners

As the Scriptures say: “There is no one who always does what is right, not even one….” Romans 3:10, NCV

2.  Because we are sinners we cannot be near an all-Holy (no sin on Him), God. We need to be clean from our sins to be near Him.


All have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory,… Romans 3:23, NCV

Jesus is our gift.   He is the best gift of all.  

3.  Jesus came to earth and did not sin.  

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 

4.   God loves us so much, that even though we are sinners, He sent His Son to die on the cross so that we can be forgiven of our sins and be near Him.  Jesus took our punishment.  His blood makes us clean.  His blood covers all our sins: past, present and future.

Romans 5:8 While we were sinners Christ died for us 

5.  When you believe that Jesus died for you, conquered death and came back to life so that you could be forgiven of your sins, and you ask Him to be Lord (boss) of your life– you will be saved and have eternal life.  This is what it means to “follow Jesus”. 


Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

As you spend time shopping this Christmas, wrapping gifts and opening presents, deliberately remember Jesus is the greatest gift of all.

Jesus is the gift that can never be taken away from us.

Ask others (or even yourself) to recall what they received last year for Christmas.  What about the year before?    Ask them where that gift is now.   Help your children and others understand that Jesus is a gift that can never be taken away from us.  

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God will always be with you.  You will never face anything apart from His love.  He will be your help in the hard times and your hope in the good times.   

Jesus is our Wonderful COUNSELOR

Jesus grew up and is no longer the baby in the manger.  Isaiah called him our wonderful counselor.   Jesus didn’t just come to save us and then leave us alone.  Open your Bible and read the words that He wrote to guide our lives.  Think about some verses that mean something to you.  Celebrate that Jesus is our counselor, which means He is our advisor, our guide for life and that we can go to Him all the time—not just Christmastime but 24/7, 365 days a year.  

Jesus is our MIGHTY GOD.   

Isaiah was also told that Jesus is our mighty God.   Isaiah spoke a language called Hebrew.  The Hebrew word for MIGHTY is gibborwhich means powerful, warrior, champion, and strong.   When we think about Christmas, we often think of the tiny baby in the manger.  This baby grew up to be the strongest, mightiest, champion and that not even death and a grave could defeat Him.   Jesus is truly, the only all-good, all powerful, greatest super-hero of all time.  When you see super-heroes advertised on TV, remember Jesus is the greatest super-hero of all time (this is especially great to tell the children in your life).  

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith.   

Hebrews 12 (NIV) 1-3

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 

Hebrews 12(The Message) 1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

We should want to be like Jesus.   We celebrate Christmas to remember the gift that He is… and we should want to be like Him.   In order to be like Jesus, we need to know what He is like.  How do we do this?   There are many ways in today’s world to draw near to God:

  1. Bible Studies – consider joining one at your church
  2. Online studies – check out some great online opportunities to get in the Word
  3. Bible on your phone – check out I-Phone apps(like YouVersion, Enduring Word App) that include daily reading plans, apps that will read the Bible aloud (for when you are in the car etc) and other apps that will help you study such as Biblegateway
  4. Devotional Books – such as New Morning Mercies (Tripp) to read along with your daily Scriptures
  5. Scripture Flip Calendars – set these around yourself to be encouraged with verses each day
  6. Christian Music – there are many great artists and stations to help you be encouraged with truth

The point is to surround yourself with truth and trust God to bring just what you need at just the right time.   Ask Him to help you crave His Word more than anything else and watch Him reveal Himself to you. 

Jesus is a GIVER

Think about one of the favorite gifts you have received.  Think about the good feeling you get inside when you give gifts.   A great exercise to do as a family is to think of someone to give a special gift to – perhaps an elderly neighbor or someone going through a rough time.   When we love others, we are sharing the love of Christ.  Spend some time as a family preparing a gift for someone else.   Bake cookies for your neighbors.  Visit a nursing home.   Be a blessing to someone else and talk to your family about how good that makes them feel inside.   Remind them that Jesus said that “ it is more blessed to give than receive”  in Acts 20:35.   As you give gifts, deliberately remember that Jesus is God’s gift to the world and that giving is what Christmas is about.

Jesus gives us FORGIVENESS

One of the greatest gifts Jesus gives us is a gift that we cannot see. He gave us forgiveness.   Is there someone you need to give this invisible gift to this Christmas?  It may make this Christmas one of your best.  Think about other invisible gifts you can give like kindness and a joyful heart.   When you pray ask God to show you invisible gifts that you can give every day.  

Other ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

Read the Christmas Story in Luke 1:5-56; 2:1-20 before opening gifts on Christmas Morning.

Bake a “Happy Birthday Jesus” Cake for Christmas Day

Set up a Nativity Scene in your home and read your Bible beside it each night

Go Christmas Caroling

Attend a Christmas Eve Service

Buy a Christmas Devotional and read it to your kids or grandkids each night

And finally…. Enjoy HIM! Delight in HIM! We have so very much to celebrate!

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