Merry Christmas Blog-O-Sphere!
It is Christmas time once again, a time when everyone sets up their Christmas trees, put up decorations everywhere, and rush to get those last minute shopping deals. Kids start counting down the days until Christmas, watch how the number of presents under the tree grow (or not), and write their letter to Santa Claus telling him what they want. Christmas music plays in every store, there are Mall Santas everywhere, and a bunch of ads from every kind of store trying to get you to buy more stuff. And you can’t forget all the Christmas movies that play on TV.
But where is the midst of all this is the reason for this season? Everyone will say that it is about giving, and stores will say it’s a cash cow, but few say the true reason of Christmas. Here’s a hint: what does the first 6 letters of Christmas spell?
It spells Christ, which is the true reason why we have this holiday. People don’t want to say that though, so they say “Happy Holidays” and “Happy/Merry Xmas” instead.
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, who came to give eternal life to the world. Isaiah prophesies in Isaiah 7:14:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (NKJV)
Luke 1:26-35 tells the announcement of the birth of Jesus to Mary:
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 2: 1-20 tells the events that surrounded Jesus’ birth:
1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. (NKJV)
Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas quotes this so well:
This year, lets remember that Jesus Christ is the real reason we have Christmas, and try not to get caught up in all the “Commercial Business” that Charlie Brown hated so much in the TV show, and have everyone sit in the same room and each take a turn reading the Christmas story. You will have a much better Christmas this way. 😉
Merry Christmas Everyone!
P.S. This is my Christmas tree, if you care. 😛