The Celebration of Christmas
Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas decorations are up. I can remember when Dan and Dave were little ones and Terri and I put the Christmas tree up. The boys would just want to lay on the couch and watch the Christmas lights flicker. Christmas trees and lights are great, but Christmas is far more than trees, lights, gifts, food, and parties. It’s one of the three most important events in human history. God’s plan for mankind’s salvation began with the birth of Jesus Christ. Without that, there would have been no crucifixion, no resurrection, and no hope for humanity.
Instead of focusing on all the externals and becoming exhausted from preparations and activities, lets understand that it’s all about Jesus, who came to offer us forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. This year as we celebrate Christmas become intentional about keeping Jesus as the central focus of our celebrations.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.