Luke 2:14

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Christmas…what’s it all about anyway? We sacrifice time, we spend more money than we should and we do things that maybe on a regular basis we would never even think of doing, such as having co-workers or relatives we rarely see over for dinner. There are parties to attend and gift giving to people we aren’t even that familiar with.

With all of this unusual good-cheer taking place around us it makes me wonder… why it is so important to those who have no belief system at all to try their best to dismantle the whole idea of celebrating this almost “magical” holiday. You know what I mean, the sad idea of not saying “Merry Christmas” to any one because you might offend them somehow. It leaves one a little confused.

So, what is the importance of it all and why do we go to so much trouble preparing for it? Christmas is when we take the time, out of our busy lives, to show love and thanks to those that are special and dear to us. Why? It’s because of the One who showed us such love and grace, many years ago, when He left His rightful place in heaven above to come and be born as a helpless babe. He lived in this messed-up world, to associate with us so that He could die for our sins. Christmas is about redemption. This is the reason for it all.

It’s about God’s love and that’s why we take the time to show others our love, and more importantly, God’s love. It reminds me of Charlie Brown and that good ole Peanuts Christmas program that many of us grew up watching that tells the true meaning of Christmas. Linus, Charlie’s faithful friend gave the right perspective when he said, “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. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.'”

That is what Christmas is all about…maybe that’s why so many are trying to dismantle these holy-days because Jesus truly is the reason for the season. I hope you invite Him into your life and heart this Christmas and consider His perfect, precious gift of love to you…The Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, born in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Pastor Jack


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