Christmas – the biggest holiday on our calendar. We celebrate, but what do we celebrate?? Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Christ, but that is often overlooked so people can focus on gifts, parties and everything else.
In the 1600’s, some Christians in America didn’t like the fact that Christmas was getting “commercial”, so the Massachusetts colony banned celebrating the holiday and that ban lasted for more than 20 years. During that time, people got back to the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is a time of giving – not only to one another but to those around us less fortunate. Two families have recently crossed my path, both in need of a little help. One family is dealing with ALS and the other a terminal lung condition.
If we reach out to people in need, we can make a difference in their lives and we will also be blessed.
Let’s take a look at the original Christmas story – the greatest gift of all:
Luke 2: 1-20 (KJV)
It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (This taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) All went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
So it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. his shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
It came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. They came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
When they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. All they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
It was a very simple scene that first Christmas – a rough stable, a young couple and nothing but a feeding trough to put the baby in. It was probably quite cold and with family far away there was little help. It wasn’t exactly the Hallmark moment we like to show in Christmas pageants. Yet this rustic scene marked the greatest event in the history of mankind.
God had promised to send a Messiah, one who would save His people. He could have easily burst on the scene as a full-grown man, a seven-foot warrior with fiery eyes and arms of steel. This was what many people were looking for, but it wasn’t how God did it. Our Savior arrived in the arms of a young girl. He was a tiny package, wrapped in rags, given from the heart of God – The perfect gift.”
God gave His only Son to die in our place so that we, in all our brokenness, could know forgiveness. He came so that we could know what love feels like, real love – love that never leaves, love that never disappoints, love that is never betrayed. He sent His Son into a corrupted world to bring us hope.
As you celebrate this Christmas, take some time to reflect on the gift God gave us. Remember that Jesus Is the Reason for the Season!!
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas…………
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