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The Real Meaning Of Christmas

December  2013 / 24 No Comments

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It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys   of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under   the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with   family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and   shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is   this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They   don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends.   Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will   not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish   and not a reality for some.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy.  It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing  and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the  Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought  great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement  of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets  had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem  just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Luke 2: 4-19 says:

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in    Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house       and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be       married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came       for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped       him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in       the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,     keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them,     and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the     angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy     that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been     born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

This will be a sign to you:     You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a     great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his     favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven,       the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing       that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off       and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they       had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this       child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But       Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

Why  did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world?  He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important  part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought  salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.

Jesus  was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are  wrong. The Bible says that all have sinned. We are all born with a sin nature.  We do things that do not please God. Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have  all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through  Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe  that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive  us. Then, we are clean and made whole. We can know that heaven is a place where  we can go to when this life is over.

“But if we confess     our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from     every wrong.” I John 1:9

We can truly be happy at Christmas! No  matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become  sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.

Look at Christmas  in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You  will then have a “Merry Christmas.” The joy and peace you will receive  will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!

By  Martha Noebel

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