[The Birth of Jesus] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken if the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. ~ Luke 2:1, 4-5 NIV
Each year we celebrate Christmas, our minds are wrapped around the gifts, the Christmas tree, lights, decorations, parties, turkey, ham, and the whole nine yards. Although I take part by decorating my home and so on, I am getting to the place where I find it to be a major distraction to the message and the true meaning of Christmas.
Don’t get me wrong, it is indeed a joyous occasion. It’s a time of celebration of gift giving and sharing but the truth of the matter, it is really not about us.
Christmas is about celebrating and remembering the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ whose birth heralded a new era of hope and love to us mankind. His birth signified peace to all mankind as He Himself is the Prince of Peace.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of he Lord Almighty will accomplish this. ~ Isaiah 9: 6-7 NIV
In this we find the message of hope where there is no end to God’s peace that came to us through His Son Jesus Christ. It does not matter what is happening with us or around us in the world today, we have that blessed assurance that there is also no end to God’s throne, nor His reign and neither is there an end to His kingdom.
All the gifts, trimmings, decorations, kings and the kingdoms of this world shall pass away. They will fail and be demolished but God’s Kingdom shall remain for evermore.
It is truly a joy in knowing that God upholds His kingdom with justice and righteousness. The Psalmist David reminds us in Psalm 34:9-10 there is no want to them that fear the Lord. He further said that there are those who do lack, the young lions lack and suffer hunger: but those who seek the Lord and put their trust in God shall not go hungry or want any good thing.
If you find yourself in trouble, know that the angel of the Lord encamps around and about them that have a holy and reverential fear of the Lord and God is sure to deliver you. (Psalm 34:7)
As we regain the true meaning of Christmas, remember it is about celebrating the fact that Jesus came into this world to pay the price for our sins through His own blood, to purchase our redemption and to give to us the best give ever and that is the gift of salvation.
Let us bring the focus of Christmas back to our Lord Jesus Christ. He is no more a babe in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. But He is our risen Lord and Savior. Even more so, He is our soon coming King.
Today you have the opportunity to unwrap the gift of salvation and receive eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord by accepting Him into your heart as Lord and Savior.
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