Christmas Spoken Here
Some tourists were visiting a quaint fishing village on the east coast. They found there a small shop that carried only Christmas materials. You could go in and find trees, decorations, ornaments, wreaths—most anything you needed for Christmas.
Then they noticed something extremely interesting. There was a sign on the front door which simply said, “Christmas spoken here.” I love that. There is a Christmas language. We need more Christmas spoken in our world today.
Here are a few words of the Christmas language. Learn them, speak them, and live them!
- Joy—I love to be around children at Christmas time because their faces are filled with joy. To watch them open Christmas presents, and to give Christmas presents—there is sheer joy. There’s excitement to hear them tell about what Christmas is going to be like. Joy. We need that desperately in our world today.
Jesus said, “I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) There is so much to celebrate in life today.
The word “Joy ” can be defined as—J—Jesus first—O—others second—Y–yourself third. That is joy that is indescribable.
- Peace—It’s a vital part of the Christmas language. What is more peaceful than a beautiful scene of the manger in Bethlehem. One of the greatest desires of people today is to have peace of mind.
Jesus said, “My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you.” (John 14:27) Christmas peace is a peace that passes all understanding. In the midst of all that is happening around Bethlehem at this point in history, the Prince of Peace still desires to bring peace. Speak peace.
- Hope—Christmas language is punctuated with hope at every point. The world was in great need of hope, and God sent His Son Jesus into the world to bring hope. We are more desperate for hope today than I think at any point in history.
I believe in a strong military, a strong educational opportunity for everyone, and a strong economy, but ultimately hope is not found in any of these. Our hope is found only in the One born in Bethlehem!
I love the old Gospel hymn “My Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Our world needs to communicate the language of hope.
- Love–Love is at the core of the Christmas message. John records, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever should believe in Him should never perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) That is love that goes beyond anything that we have ever been able to comprehend.
Christmas love is for every person, no matter where you have been or what you have done. Love can give you a new lease on life. Jesus did it with a prostitute, with a group of disciples, even a thief on the cross.
Learn to speak Christmas, and speak it! Like any language—if you don’t use it, you lose it!