December 21             THIS Is Christmas!                     Pastor Dave           

Well, here it is–Christmas week!

A few days from now, it’ll all be over.

I hope that you have your shopping done so you can enjoy your time with family, go to church, spend some time worshiping Jesus–the reason for the celebration!

What is ‘Christmas’ after all?

Tradition? Family? Presents? Songs and Movies?

It has become all those things–many of which are wonderful.

However, ultimately Christmas means the ‘Feast of Christ’, and it celebrates the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ, into our world. God coming to earth, God in the flesh–Emmanuel.

How is it that our ‘celebrations’ of Jesus have become so much about other people–or ourselves?

Can you imagine having someone throw you a birthday party, all the guests showing up and everyone bringing everyone else gifts and cards, singing to everyone else? Even if you would have been ‘fine’ with no party at all, a party in your honor in which you aren’t really ‘celebrated’ or even thought about would feel like an insult!

Yet, that must be how Jesus feels sometimes at Christmastime.

Christmas is, after all, about Christ!

Matthew 1 tells the story beginning  in v. 18, when it says  This is how Jesus the Messiah was born…”. In Luke chs. 1 and 2, Luke writes all about it. He knew that the birth of Christ, and all the circumstances around it, was very important for us to know. Luke investigated all the truth about Jesus, and that’s how he wrote such a thorough and detailed account.

 

ACTIVITY:

THIS Christmas, plan ahead! Make sure that you take some time with your family to read the Christmas story in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1.

Consider some meaningful ways you can celebrate the birth of Jesus together.

Write a note to Him expressing your love and appreciation for His willingness to come to Earth to rescue us, and the New Life He’s giving you.

 

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