By Jason J. McGuire, President
It’s often easy to get caught up in the cultural trappings of the Christmas holiday and lose sight of its true meaning. Sometimes, all of the good things surrounding Christmas (the cookies, caroling, decorating, etc.) can cause us to lose focus on the point of the day: The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. I’m hoping—no I’m determined—that this year will be different.
If you know me, you know that I enjoy Christmas shopping and the giving of gifts, but the greatest Christmas gift of all time was the “unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15) God gave by sending His Son into the world to give His life as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Perhaps a present offered to us in this pandemic moment is that losing so much reminds us of what truly matters. Today, we are more focused on the importance of family, community, worship—and even life itself, than we were a year ago. Maybe this Christmas, we’ll all be a little less distracted from the reason for the holiday and more focused on a relationship with our Savior, Christ the Lord.
In 1 John 5:11-13 (ESV), we are told: “God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you have much to be thankful for this Christmas. If you are not confident that you have that kind of a connection with your Creator, there is nothing more I would rather do than introduce you to my friend Jesus. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more about this.
At New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, we thank the Lord for sending Jesus Christ into the world to save us from our sins. We also thank the Lord for the churches, families, and individuals whose generosity makes our continuing work possible. We would not be able to educate, encourage, and equip Christians for effective participation in New York State government without you. NYFRF wishes our friends and supporters a blessed Christmas season and a New Year filled with love and joy.