This Season Means…

Sarah Beth

Christmas is a time when my heart feels so much joy. I am all about tradition, decorations and festive foods. I adore throwing parties and giving gifts and celebrating with friends.

This season means peppermint ice cream, lights and winter themes even though I live in Florida and we just pretend it feels like Christmas. I think you are beginning to understand that I kind of turn into Buddy the Elf (from Elf) at Christmas.

More than all of those fun little aspects of the season of Christmas, I am obsessed with actual Christmas.What I mean by actual Christmas is the reason for all of this celebration. As I celebrate, I have to go to scripture to remember why we celebrate, what we are celebrate.

Our world (especially mankind) was tainted by sin and desperate for redemption- Romans 8:19-23

Christ our Messiah was born, coming down to earth to live among men. He was and is Emmanuel (God with us)- Luke 2:4-18, Matthew 1:23

The baby born in Bethlehem would grow up and become the means to our salvation- Acts 15:11; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:6-8

Ever since becoming a daughter of the King, I am mystified by the concept of my God coming to dwell among men by starting out His human life as an infant. The fullness and power of God was wrapped up in that little baby body and would grow up to be our wonderful Savior. That blows my mind.

In this season we sing many songs, though not all of them worship our King. One of my favorite Christmas songs is O, Holy Night. The lyrics match what we see in scripture so well and it gives me chills to sing them.

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.


Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

When I was saved and Christ became a true part of my life, I suddenly had a new reason for life and hope for my future. To this day I “feel my soul’s worth” most fully when I am sitting before the feet of Jesus, who died on a cross in order that my soul would be saved. I have been redeemed and I feel the love that He has for me.My soul responds with rejoicing and praise.

This is what Christmas means for me- hope. Hope for daily life as I submit to Christ. Hope for my future in heaven with Christ. Hope for the salvation of unbelievers. Hope for this world.

Fall on your knees. Let’s praise Him.

Transform Student Ministries

Sarah Beth is a former 2013 Transform Intern. She attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where she is studying Biblical Studies.

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