“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
The United States (The Gaslamp Post) – Today as people exchange gifts and travel to be with loved ones, it is important to remember the true reason we celebrate. Christmas is celebrated by many with giving, and although giving makes us feel good we must not lose sight of the real reason of Christmas.
Christmas is about the greatest gift of all; the birth of the child by a virgin, who would grow to be a great teacher, and ultimately pay for all of mankind’s sin against God with his own life. The birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the word made flesh whose coming had been foretold by prophets for thousands of years, is celebrated today.
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Before he ascended to His Father in heaven with a promise to return, before His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, before He walked among men performing signs and miracles, before He outed the corrupt in the church; He was born human.
8 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
10 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people;
11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”
He came into our world as a servant and taught us that we should serve one another, and by doing that our actions glorify Him. Our Messiah and Savior of a lowly birth came to be a light for us in an otherwise very dark world.
The birth of Jesus Christ is indeed the reason for the season of which we celebrate, but the meaning of Christmas doesn’t end there. Christ’s birth is only the very beginning of the story, the greatest story ever told.
Today while we celebrate Christmas, let us not take Christ for granted. Given the current state of our nation, we need Him now more than ever.
From the Gaslamp Post, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.