“The Single Person’s Guide to Christmas”
by Cindy Galdal-Ruperto,
Founder and Director OASIS Singles Ministry
Celebrating 22 years of ministry to Single Adults of all ages
Many singles think of Christmas as a family holiday and feel left out. But the story behind our Savior’s birth has much to teach singles and encourage them. God is a planner! Just as He planned each detail of the first Christmas, He has planned each detail of our lives. “Did you know that one third of the Bible is prophetic? Prophecy is God’s revelation of His plans to His children.” 1 No less than 354 prophecies were fulfilled through Jesus.
Our Heavenly Father planned the birth of Christ before the Creation for a very specific purpose. “All who dwell on the earth will worship Him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the ‘Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’” (Rev. 13:8).
Singles often feel lost when their own plans have fallen apart. How comforting it is to know “the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Singles can be well acquainted with rejection; so was Jesus. He came to be the Messiah for the Jews but they didn’t believe He was who He said He was. “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11).
Our desire to be part of a family comes from God. Jesus didn’t come so that we could join a religion; He came so that we could become children of God. Did you know that the whole concept of family began with God Himself? “…I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named (that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name)…” (Eph. 3:14,15).
Christmas is good news for all! Jesus said “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). “The word darkness means gloom, evil, sin, obscurity, night, ignorance, moral depravity. Light equals happiness. Spiritual darkness basically describes everything earthly or demonic that is at enmity with God.”2
Everyone needs to know why Jesus came. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). “Here Jesus declares His intention to recover and restore to man what was the Father’s intent and to break and block the Devil’s intent to hinder our receiving it.”3
But Christ didn’t just come to save us, He came to indwell us. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Christmas means those who receive Christ will never be alone.
And Jesus doesn’t just want to be in your life, He wants to be your life. “When Christ, who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4). That’s worth celebrating every day of the year!