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#ShareTheGift and #LightTheWorld

Christmas is about giving in the true way of Jesus Christ: Without expecting a return other than the joy of giving.

During this time of year, all of Christendom joins together in solemnity to celebrate peace and truth as we recognize the humanity of others as taught by the object of our celebration. December is the month, thanks to hundreds of years of tradition Christians choose to celebrate the birth of Christ, Jesus.

We celebrate the sensitivity that He taught us to have toward our fellow beings of love, to think of another person with the same care that we think of ourselves. December brings charity and kindness out of the hearts of people in ways that do not occur at any other time of year because of the focus of love.

God the Father loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son in the flesh so that those who believe in Him should have eternal life in felicity with Them. John 3:16 is one verse in the Bible that teaches the entire Gospel of Jesus Christ and the purpose of life, LOVE.

In 2014 and 2019, an initiative went forth by one Christian group, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to bring to the forefront of the world the divine gift of the Savior and to share it with the world. One which would help many of us, if not all of us during the years of the pandemic, when hope is waning for many.

As Christians at Christmas time, it is an opportunity we can take to show the understanding that we have of God's love to express it in the small everyday things that we do for our family, neighbors, and communities. Just like the #GiveThanks was an opportunity to take time to give thanks for the blessings that exist in our lives a parent, #ShareTheGift and #LightTheWorld are social media tags that we can use to direct people to the true source of our hope, love, and happiness, and light the world with service.


The gospel of Jesus Christ is this: Jesus Christ suffered for the sins and woes of the world, crucified, and resurrected for the benefit of all humanity to receive pardon for weaknesses and entry into the heavens with God the Father.

Heralded by the host of heaven, His birth signified the inevitability of the act that He would willingly endure for in Gethsemane and on Golgotha. The angels sang because the long night of death would end and eternal life would reign from thenceforth became the truth as it was prophecied.

The very first Christmas gift that was given over 2,000 years ago to all of us—to the world: the Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Born without property or worldly privilege, He would rise to every challenge placed before Him to become our Savior. He would inherit the Earth as the King of us all—to rule in love, forgiveness, and compassion. It is so important that we all let this message sink deeply into our hearts...



One of my heartfelt pleas is for the world to know that Jesus Christ is more than just the philosopher that taught the unity of man in love and service. Billions claim that He is the son of God the Father, the very great Jehovah.

He claims also that He was sent by God to teach the things He taught and to do the works He did that bring hope to the world, starting with the small nation of Hebrews in Judea. From that point, His message of hope spread through most of the world.

His message gave hope to many, such as my ancestors who were mere slaves that through Him that salvation comes to all. "God does not love one race more than another. His doctrine on this matter is clear. He invites all to come unto Him, 'black and white, bond and free, male and female,'" [1].

Sharing the gift that Jesus is the source of the Spirit of Christmas is an opportunity to introduce each other to an important aspect of the Christain faiths: Christ is the Reason.

As a missionary in South Africa, I learned from other missionaries this motto which became ours:

Obedience is the price,
Faith is the power,
Love is the motive,
The Spirit is the key,
Christ is the reason.

Though all of those statements have merit, the one that Jesus taught that for which all things are done is the motive of love. God is not some unfathomable creature who creates out of boredom to entertain Himself. He is a man of great compassion Who loves His creations. He gave life to one creation that He honored above all by giving them His own likeness, humanity. He calls us His children because we lived with Him before we were born. As bodies became available for us, He placed our spirits into them so that we could experience mortality in all the varieties possible. He knew we would fail, hurt, and die. He also knew that we would love, care, and progress. He made sure that there was a way for us to return to Him through Jesus Christ's atonement.

John 3:16, the words of one of the witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, tell us God loved the world that He sent a willing volunteer to suffer for the sins of the world who only asks that we accept Him as the one who sacrificed His mortality but give the glory to God the Father in repentance.

Peace comes through living the teachings of Jesus Christ, to love each other as we love ourselves and serve each other.

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During this season of thanks and services, we can be a light on a hill to the world of love and service. Jesus wants us to do the works that we have seen Him do in our minds as we read the Scriptures. He wants us to heal the sick, raise the dead, give the blind their sight, and offer eternal life to those who so desire to have it. He wants us to be like He is.

We may say, "I do not have power to perform the miracles of Christ." I say we do!

Many of us may not have the power or authority to literally give sight to the blind and such, but we can offer service to all people within the limits of the power God has given us. Our power comes from our faith in the reality of Jesus as the Christ and our willingness to act on faith in His teachings.

We start increasing our power to act for God by loving those whom we serve. In process of time, the faith to do more in the name of love will come. For now, we lift where we stand the souls of humanity.

I believe in Jesus Christ. I also believe Jesus. I memorized this verse as a missionary, John 14:6, in Xhosa:

Uthi uYesu kuye, Ndim indlela, ndim inyaniso, ndim ubomi; akukho namnye uzayo kuBawo, engezi ngam.


Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus claims to be the answer to get to the glory of the Father, God. I believe Him. I know that I have found a measure of peace in this life despite my hardships trusting in the plan that Jesus Christ has laid out in the Scriptures. Why would I not want to share that joy with others?

Peace comes through living the teachings of Jesus Christ, to love each other as we love ourselves and serve each other.

Try sharing your heart with a stranger in some way and see if that does not empower love within. Try being patient with a family member and see if that will not bring peace. It is not a one-time act, but a life long journey that brings happiness to the heart and joy to the soul.

We start increasing our power to act for God by loving those whom we serve. In process of time, the faith to do more in the name of love will come. For now, we lift where we stand the souls of humanity.

Believe in Jesus Christ

Living the teachings of Jesus Christ changes our lives, ourselves for the better. As a disciple of Christ, there is no special guarantee that we will not suffer the ills of mortality any less than those who are not. There is no promise that life will become easier than nonbelievers. The reward for discipleship comes in the form of a change of perspective.

The Lord does not wish to protect us from learning from the things that we suffer in life but to learn how to live in love no matter what we suffer. It is a hard thing to live the gospel when sickness and death comes. It is a hard thing to love the neighbor who persecutes us due to racism and prejudice. Being used and abused makes living the teachings of Jesus seem futile to many.

I believe Christ's teachings prepare us to become like He is so that we can have the honor to live in glory with Him as He promised. It is not the reward that makes it worth having, but the change in nature that the process of trying to live in love produces. I want to be more like Christ in the way I love my neighbor. It is not an easy goal to have, but the struggle is worth it. Living in this manner gives me hope during my darkest days.


During this Christmas season, I will strive to bring hope to someone with whom I have influence. My efforts may do little to help someone's circumstances change but it will help me to share love and offer a supportive hand.

I invite everyone this Christmas season to share their love and serve in whatever capacity we can our fellow human beings. It can be as much as saying "Hello," to a stranger. It can be more. Whatever it is, let it happen.

Merry Christmas.



Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 30, 2020:

manatita44, I am glad to read that you approve of it. I write it often, but your comments inspire me to want to express love in my writings and light in my expressions. Christmas is my favorite celebration because it gives me an excuse to open up to strangers. I am shy by nature, but I love to talk to people. I have a reason to show love when I talk about Christmas, even to those who do not celebrate it.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 30, 2020:

Dora, your words are kind. I am glad you thought it was good. I hope that I can live up to my own words as I seek opportunities to show love and serve. I hope it to be something I can continue through my life.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 30, 2020:

Ann, I too hope that the spirit of Christmas helps to heal some of the hurts this year has opened. It is hard to smile with a mask on, but it is possible that they can see it in our eyes and hear it in our voices.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 30, 2020:

Bill, thanks for reading. I am glad that you enjoyed the message. It is great that you are sharing the love! Every act of love decreases the power of hate in our communities. It is like we are erecting small temples of safety that increase the power of goodwill against strife and hate. The more we do it, the more protection we provide for our communities.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 30, 2020:

Pamela, thank you for so saying. I am glad this message is one of wonder. I hope to take advantage of how great the message of love is and reach out to someone with whom I would not ordinarily feel inclined to do so. manatita44 often speaks about love, and it inspires me to live that perfect tenet of my faith.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 29, 2020:

This is such a special article about the message from our Lord, Christmas and love. Sharing this gift is such a wonderful idea at the particular Christmas as this has been a difficult year for so many. When we treat others the way Jesus told us to the rewards are such a blessing. This is a wonderful message, Rodric.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 29, 2020:

A beautiful message, my friend. Spread the love . . . share the love . . . we each do our little part to make this world a better place to live. I can do that. In fact, I think I'll spread some love today and get an early start on December. :)

manatita44 from london on November 29, 2020:

Looked at from a Christian perspective, I'd say you've done a marvellous job. Of course it's a Christian festival and one of which I am very proud.

I would expose the beautiful virtues common to all of which you speak : of peace, Love, thankfulness and light ... of selfless service and in doing good works and above all, hope, even in our darkest moments.

Yes indeed, like Diwali, once we take the food, the song and dance away, Christmas is a festival of the inner Light, of good over evil ... of the Love, mercy and compassion as showed so admirably, in the life of Jesus, the Christ. La Paz.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 29, 2020:

#ShareTheGift and #LightTheWorld are great ideas. Thanks for underscoring the true meaning of Christmas and our need and responsibility to share the message. Good read!

Ann Carr from SW England on November 29, 2020:

It's a great thing to be able to bring some comfort and friendship to those around us, to say hello to a stranger, with a smile. Usually, a smile and a greeting will be returned and that's the best thanks one can have.

Lovely message, Rodric. I hope Christmas time starts the respite from this pandemic.


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