Tuesday, December 22, 2015

True Meaning of Christmas


Hello, everyone! It is the week of Christmas and I am really excited. I feel like I have been in the Holiday spirit since before Thanksgiving! Something about this time of year that I feel gets forgotten, is the true meaning of Christmas. Everyone get's caught up in what they want and what they are going to get on Christmas morning. I would like to remind the world about the true meaning of Christmas!

What is Christmas?
We celebrate this holiday every year, but people don't know why. This is the day that we celebrate Jesus's birthday. Jesus Christ is God's only son who came into this undeserving world and died for every single one of us. He wasn't born on this exact day, but this is the day that we choose to celebrate it by GIVING to others the way God gave to us. The true meaning of Christmas is made up of three major components:

  1. Jesus
  2. Giving
  3. Family
The Story
There are several verses about Jesus's birth for us. You can find them HERE! Notable few:
  • Isaiah 9:6: "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
  • Matthew 1:23: "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."
  • Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
My Favorite version of this story comes from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special and is as follows.

Luke 2:8-14
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
 keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; 
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.