Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people.

Some choose to emphasize the “peace on earth” part, while others emphasize family being together, sharing gifts, shooting fireworks, viewing Christmas lights, and fighting the mobs at the shopping malls looking for the perfect gift.

Of course, there can be no celebration without Christmas music — traditional carols, and secular music of the season all work together to help make our season bright.

To retailers, it usually means 90 percent of all yearly profits are made during December. The media reports that people will spend over $600 billion on Christmas gifts this year.

But what truly defines the season? What is the one event in world history which is the sole engine that drives the Christmas season? Probably a majority of the world’s population will not like hearing this, but the one word that defines the season is “incarnation.” God the Father incarnated Himself into the Person of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago. Isaiah prophesied hundreds of years before the Christ child would be born in Bethlehem, “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his mane Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14.

Matthew referred to Isaiah’s prophecy when he said, “Behold a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

That’s the meaning of Christmas — the truth that God literally “tabernacled” or “pitched His tent” among us in the form of man. There is no salvation - no eternal life without the shedding of blood by a Man who is a direct descendant of God Himself - born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit. No other human’s blood is sufficient to make a person fit for heaven. That, my friends, is the message of Christmas.

There are plenty of people who go through the motions of celebrating a season, yet deny the truth that God transformed Himself into a human in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Whatever you do — wherever you go, however you celebrate the Christmas holidays this year, I pray that the truth of the incarnation will be firmly imprinted on your heart.