We've had bad weather causing the loss of power and internet for days, and then I started running high fevers with the flu and bronchitis. God knows WHY there are delays -- so perhaps, these delays would have prevented someone from hearing the finale, missing the most important part of the story: "WHY WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS..." a delay for that reason would make it well worth it!
God bless each of you for your understanding! I hope you had a blessed Christmas and enjoyed reading "The Christmas Story!"
THE CHRISTMAS STORY
We've been going through the story of Christmas and the Christmas characters that were involved in the birth of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. We started with the lives of Zacharias and Elizabeth and have ended with not only the birth of Jesus, but also with Simeon and Anna.
THE WORLD AND CHRISTMAS
Were now talking about Christmas and how we as Believers can make Christmas more "Christ Centered" each and every year. We need to do this or the world will never know the Lord, our Savior!
We need to make sure that JESUS is preeminent in ALL of our Christmas celebrations and activities. One of the reasons that is so important is that the world seems to distract us by distorting the true message of Christmas.
DISTRACTIONS AND DISTORTIONS
The name of Jesus is seldom mentioned... instead we find that it is usually the holiday season with an emphasis on gift buying and gift giving. Merchandising and marketing have become so important, that it has taken the place of the festivity that use to be in the heart of individuals and families.
THE GREAT EVENT
Consider this great event called Christmas, this great event was God's great gift to the world -- the birth of Jesus Christ! We read about this "greatest gift ever given" in LUKE 1 & 2 and in the Gospel of MATTHEW.
This great event brought "Tidings of Great Joy" or the first news of the "Gospel of Jesus Christ" to all who would invite Him into their lives. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. ISAIAH 12:2
THE GREATEST NEWS EVER TOLD
Without the news of Christ's birth and what it meant not only back then but today as well there would be no real reason to celebrate. However, this is the great news with great
reason to not only observe but to proclaim:
"A Savior was born in Bethlehem!"
God had set a world in motion through a very special young virgin girl, a rare special couple, bearing a special child, in a special place, at a special time, for a very special purpose! God out of His immense love for us sent His son Jesus with a message of love!
SO, THIS IS CHRISTMAS
Each Christmas is a reminder of God's boundless and enduring love for us and for the entire world. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to join with God in giving to the world.
The most precious gifts we can give to our family, our children, our friends, and those we don't even know, are gifts that announce and demonstrate God's Love and His Gift of salvation
through Jesus Christ! Every Christmas is a reminder of God's everlasting love for me, for you and for anyone that will believe and invite Jesus into their lives.
THE GREAT NEWS IS FOR WHOSOEVER WILL BELIEVE
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. JOHN 3:16 God's love is amply revealed in this well known verse.
God loves you and I so much that he sent Jesus with a message of love and as a Believer, Christmas is a reminder of that love! The Bible tells us God: Beloved let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for GOD IS LOVE.
1 JOHN 4:7-8
GOD LOVES US SO MUCH HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR US
We can not earn nor do we deserve God's precious love, but we can receive it through the precious gift God sent one day, long ago... Jesus Christ! And one day, we will all meet God face to face, one day "every knee shall bow," before Him!
So, the questions is, "Have you believed, have you received the "King of Kings" and the "Lord of Glory" in your life??" Christmas when in the HEART of man is celebrated each and every day!
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.