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Christmas is Still About Jesus

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And 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. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And 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.” (Luke 2:1–7, AV)

A contemporaneous thought from my dear friend Evangelist Jim Wilson:

"Researchers at Time Magazine searched records in the U.S. Copyright Office for the number of times favorite Christmas songs have been recorded since 1978. The overwhelming choice as America’s favorite Christmas song is “Silent Night.” It has been recorded 733 times; the second most recorded Christmas song is “Joy to the World,” at 391 recordings. Rounding out the top five are “O Holy Night” at 374; “What Child Is This?” at 329; and “Away in a Manger” at 300.

The highest-rated secular song on the list is “White Christmas,” with 283 recordings. We may hear and fear otherwise, but according to our music (and the Bible), Christmas is still about the birth of Jesus."[1]

The Incarnation: the point upon which the universe is centered!  The Apostle Paul records the reason for my distraction: that I knew God, I did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but I became futile in my thinking, and my foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21 paraphrase mine).  This is the dungeon wherein Grace found me, convicted me of my sinful estate, and gave to me a new life.  Christmas is still about the birth of Jesus because His birth was also the birth of salvation to every one who believes (Romans 1:16b).  The Prince of Peace Incarnate on Earth (Jehovah Yeshua — I AM SALVATION).

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, AV)


[1] Wilson, J. L., & Russell, R. (2015). “Silent Night” Still America’s Favorite Christmas Song. In E. Ritzema (Ed.), 300 Illustrations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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Christmas Today?

Christmas Today?

More than 2000 years have passed since the first Christmas. The first Christmas took place in Bethlehem.  The town was crowded due to Caesar’s census requiring everyone to register in their birth town.  Joseph and Mary had no place to stay when they arrived, but found shelter in an obscure stable.

They were a very tired young couple when they delivered their first baby.  They must have wondered, Does anyone know?  Does anyone care?  Is this really the Messiah?

The Heavenly Host knew and came to some lowly shepherds in the middle of the night. They heralded this great news that the Savior was born.

The shepherds were terrified and shocked, but after recovering, they rushed to Bethlehem to see the baby that was God’s promised Savior.

Joseph and Mary were probably awakened from their sleep as the shepherds rushed in.  The shepherds stumbled over one another as they told about the vision the Angel and the Heavenly Host heralding the birth of a long-awaited Savior.

After the shepherds left rejoicing, Joseph and Mary were so tired they probably fell asleep.  Someone does know! Someone does care! – His Heavenly Father cares!

Christmas Today!

It is not at all like the first Christmas.  Some say that it is the fault of commercialism, but commerce only tries to satisfy the demands of the customer.  We as a people are responsible for the emphasis on material things.

Gift-giving has become a requirement to prove our love and appreciation for those to whom we give.  We often forget the gift of salvation and LIFE that Jesus came to bestow upon those who trust him.

Holiday parties, dinners and get-togethers are part of the celebration of Jesus birth.  However, little about Jesus is mentioned or considered during the season.

Church services are filled with special readings and Christmas music. Plays and pageants about the Savior’s life are reenacted. Handel’s great Messiah is heard and revered.  Lots of good activity, but few care about their relationship with Jesus himself!

Relationship With Jesus Christ!

Many Christians and their leaders talk about Jesus topically or doctrinally. They are truly saved and enjoy some of the benefits. However, they have their own ideas of what biblical spirituality is.  Jesus or God are expected to help them to do his work, but few know him intimately.

However Jesus desires to take charge of our lives, with us cooperating with him for his glory and our good!

Jesus came to be our Savior.
Jesus loves to be our life!

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Cor 9:15)

We trust that you and your loved ones will enjoy Jesus during the special Christmas season!

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What Does Christmas Mean to You?

WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN TO YOU?

Christmas is a beautiful time of year, and known especially for its giving and receiving of gifts. It is also a special time for families to be together.  However, many people are without a family, and live alone. Unfortunately, there are dysfunctional families who do not relate to one another.  For our military community, there are frequent separations from loved ones who are overseas, helping to maintain the peace for our country.

Can we look forward with great anticipation for what Christmas truly is?  Christmas is about the birth of the Christ child, Son of God, Jesus Christ! Jesus was sent to earth as a baby to become the Savior of the world!

In Charles Wesley's beautiful Christmas hymn, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," one of the verses expresses so well what Christmas truly is:

"Mild He lays His glory by,

Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth."

"As someone once said, "Christ shared in our humanity so we can share in His Divinity!"

In reflecting on the humanity of Jesus at Christmas time, are we able to fall on our knees and worship Him, Jesus Christ, the One, who came as a baby to sacrifice Himself on the cross for our sins?

As Jesus reminded Satan in Luke 4:8, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve."

II Corinthians 9:15, "Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift."

Hebrews 12:28, "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and therefore let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe;"

Thought To Ponder:  Let us thank God for His sacrificial gift of love and life!


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