“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town . 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, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to a firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”
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.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
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.”
This story is about two-thousand years old. We all know it, baby Jesus was born of a virgin and laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn. Then all the shepherds and wise-men came and gave Him gifts. The end.
In general, not many people know the True meaning of Christmas. I mean people put up managers and sing all of the Christmas hymns, but do you really know the real reason we celebrate Christmas? The answer is in the name. Christ mas. We celebrate Christ’s birth. Why? Because if he wasn’t born, no one could get to Heaven.
Jesus wasn’t born just make a good story and give us a holiday. He was born specifically to be murdered. He was born to be hung on a cross for nothing He did. He was perfect and yet He was killed in the worst way in that time. Why? Because he loves us.
God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world to die on a cross so that all of His creation could be with Him for eternity. Christmas is not really about just giving and getting. It is about celebrating God sending His Son into the world to die.
And I admit, I had kind of gotten lost in the holiday rush (the kid-version!), you know, worrying about what I am going to get, decoding codes, figuring out what I am going to wear, and I just forgot really why Christmas is a holiday.
That was until last night’s church service. My youth Pastor really just focused my attention on the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
So this Christmas, keep your focus on Jesus, don’t get me wrong, it is perfectly fine to get presents and have a good time (I am looking forward to it), I am just saying, don’t forget why Christmas is a holiday, thank you Jesus!