It is officially December!
It is now time to start the mad dash rush of Christmas Crazies. During this time of preparation for family, gifts, tree decorating (if you haven’t already as we did 😉 HA), buying, giving, shopping, cooking, baking, etc… In the midst of all the family drama that you KNOW will happen, no matter how AWESOME your family is… Let us remember what and WHO Christmas is REALLY about, and why, we, as Christians celebrate on Christmas. Let’s not forget why we remember this day… though we should ALWAYS be remembering what Christ did for us. It is amazing, and much better than ANYTHING that could fit (or NOT fit) under your Christmas tree
Here is Luke 2. This is the story of Christ’s birth. I challenge you to REALLY read it. Jesus is King of Kings, yet he came into the world as a humble baby. He was born in the middle of the night, in a STABLE, in a MANGER. He was born in a place meant for animals, and laid to rest in the place where the animals eat their food! Not very kingly… But you see, our king didn’t come to be served as many think of kings and queens today, he was a King who came TO SERVE. He came because:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17
The Birth of Jesus Christ
2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to 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, who was with child.6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
The Christmas story is the BEST gift of all. All of the gifts under the tree could not ever add equate to what Christ has available for you. FOR FREE. Will YOU take His gift?