New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:05 AM|
Now I realize that is not an original title, in fact in all probability little if anything that I write is truly original. (I simply restate things that have already been said by people that are far smarter than I am.) None-the-less, today I would like to talk about “The Gift of Christmas”. No, not the Book, not the play, and not even the movie. Yes, the title has been used by others, but I cannot say for certain if I have seen or read any of them, but it does kinda sound like a Hallmark movie that I may have watched with my wife.
Now I realize that every year, people all around the world celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, but that is not what I am talking about this morning. And, yes in the Christmas story we learn how the Magi brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn king, but I’m not talking about that either. And, finally and most importantly we all know about the true meaning of Christmas, and how God gave us the greatest gift of all: the gift of His Son, who came to earth to die in our place, that we because of His great gift could not only could have our sins forgiven, but also become the very children of God, but I’m not talking about that either.
No, today I am simply talking about the gift of celebrating Christmas. You see, as we talked about last week we as christians, are not required to celebrate Christmas, and in fact, many do not. (This is truly their choice.) On the other hand, probably the vast majority of those who do celebrate Christmas do not even know the One whose birth they are celebrating. None-the-less, I believe that the Celebration of Christmas is a tremendous gift to all mankind. First, we as believers are reminded every year that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
This is the greatest story of all of history after all. And for those who do not know Him, at least at Christmas they hear His name, They are reminded that He came and they are told that He is the King. And, yes, they will sing about Rudolph and Santa Claus, but they might just hear some of the good old Christmas Carols that tell the true story about how and why Jesus came into the world. Yes, I believe that the Celebration of Christmas is a gift for us all, and if you choose to accept it I certainly hope that you enjoy it.
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