Merry CHRISTmas!

Since it is that time of year, I wanted to make sure that I wished everyone who reads this a very merry Christmas. It is a privilege every year to be able to celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He truly is the reason for the season. As easy as it is for us to get caught up in shopping, wrapping presents, decorating our homes, and setting out milk and cookies for Santa, my hope is that we are able to take some time this year to reflect upon the Man who came into this world and died a death that saved every single one of us from eternal suffering. Only in the past couple of years has the story of Christ truly taken on meaning in my life. Before then, it was simply a story that I wanted to brush up on before we opened presents. But He has done a work in my heart over the last few years and has planted Truth in me that has given a whole new meaning to my life.

Christmas is a celebration in which we can find deep hope and joy in the Reason behind it – Jesus Christ. No matter where we are in this painful, difficult, and frustrating world our hope is that God came into this very painful, difficult, and frustrating world in the form of Jesus Christ, He lived a perfect and sinless life, He voluntarily walked to the cross where He was murdered, and He conquered that death three days later by walking out of His own grave. He did this for us so that our sinful souls would be counted justified before God. But not because we were deserving or had earned this act in anyway. In fact, Romans 5:8 says that Christ died for us “while we were still sinners” – while we were His enemies. God loved us so deeply that He sent His only Son to die for us while we had our backs turned to Him.

In this, we see His love. God did not come to us because we were doing a good job. He came to us because He saw that we were in desperate need of a Savior and He loved us on such a level that He allowed His Son to be given up for that purpose. That is our hope and joy today, tomorrow, and forever. We are God’s broken and desperate people and He has promised to bring to completion the work He has begun in our hearts. Christmas is not simply a holiday in which we get to practice giving and receiving gifts, decorating Christmas trees, or baking cookies for Santa. Our purpose in celebrating is to rejoice over the birth of our Savior. It does not matter if Jesus was not actually born on the 25th of December because that is not the purpose. We are observing the event of His birth and there is plenty of evidence for His existence on every level of debate.

It is easy for me to get caught up in the material tradition of Christmas to the point that I completely miss out on Christ Himself. So this year, I want to make a point to reflect on Him. Today, we celebrate the birth of our Savior. May the glory go to Jesus this Christmas, the Man who came to us when we opposed Him. The Man who lived a perfect life and died a horrific death so that we might be granted eternal victory over death itself. The Man who saved us all with His sacrifice.

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Worthy of all our praise.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope that your holiday is filled with delicious food, great drink, joyous fellowship, and complete satisfaction in the One around which this celebration centers – Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Luke 2:8-21

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
   “Gory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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