The Heart of Christmas

Merry Christmas! It’s a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth, on top of opening presents and spending time with family. And, if you’re lucky and don’t live in the South, enjoy a white Christmas.
Those of us who are Christians have likely heard the Christmas story at least once a year, every year of our lives. Needless to say we all know the point of Christmas.
Or do we?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialized aspects of Christmas. Gifts, Santa, family, snow, Christmas trees, reindeer and more. We tell ourselves that we haven’t forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, but although we may not have forgotten, for many of us it has drifted to the back of our minds.
I don’t need to tell you the Christmas story. But maybe we all need to be reminded of the reason we even have Christmas.
Why did Jesus come to earth? Did he accomplish His task when He was born in the stable and laid in the manger? No. That wasn’t His purpose. He came so that we could have life, and as a result of our sinful state we could only have eternal life, we could only be forgiven for our sins through His death. That night in Bethlehem was only the beginning of His perfect life.
So what am I saying? Even as we remember the wonders that occurred that night, we have to make sure we see the big picture. Because it’s not until we understand what has been done for us on the cross by Jesus that we’ll truly see what Christmas is all about.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
(Note: please forgive any typos, I’m trying to write this on my tablet and am sorely missing my laptop!)


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