The Real Meaning Of Christmas

Hey guys! This morning I read "The Real Meaning Of Christmas", a
Christmas devotion. After reading the devotion, I was like yeah most
people don't really know the meaning and reason for Christmas.
Especially here, most people see it as a time to spend time with their
family, shop for new stuffs, dine and wine, picnic time, etc. I hope
we will understand the real meaning and reason for Christmas and
embrace it.

I will like to share the devotion, "The Real Meaning Of Christmas", it
was written by Martha Noebel.

It's that time of year again. December
has come and with it all the joys of
Christmas. But what is the real
meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts
under the tree, the lights in the
windows, the cards in the mail, turkey
dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the
living room, and shouts of "Merry
Christmas" to those who pass us in the
streets? Is this really Christmas?
For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra
money to buy presents for their
children, family, and friends. Many are
saddened at Christmastime when they
think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons.
Turkey dinners may be only a wish and
not a reality for some.
Yet, Christmas can be a season of great
joy. It is a time of God showing His
great love for us. It can be a time of
healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate
the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world
to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise
men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this
great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had
told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over
Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this
special child. Luke 2: 4-19 says:
"So Joseph also went up from the
town of Nazareth in Galilee to
Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, because he belonged to the
house and line of David. He went
there to register with Mary, who
was pledged to be married to him
and was expecting a child. While
they were there, the time came for
the baby to be born, and she gave
birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed
him in a manger, because there
was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living
out in the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks at night. An
angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone
around them, and they were
terrified. But the angel said to
them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you
good news of great joy that will be
for all the people. Today in the town
of David a Savior has been born to
you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will
find a baby wrapped in cloths and
lying in a manger." Suddenly a
great company of the heavenly host
appeared with the angel, praising
God and saying, "Glory to God in
the highest, and on earth peace to
men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and
gone into heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, "Let's go to
Bethlehem and see this thing that
has happened, which the Lord has
told us about." So they hurried off
and found Mary and Joseph, and
the baby, who was lying in the
manger. When they had seen him,
they spread the word concerning
what had been told them about this
child, and all who heard it were
amazed at what the shepherds said
to them. But Mary treasured up all
these things and pondered them in
her heart."
Why did He come? Why did God send
His son to this sometimes cruel and
hard world? He sent Jesus to us so that
one day, He would grow up to become
a very important part of history. His
story (history) is one of truth, love, and
hope. It brought salvation to all of us.
Without Jesus, we would all die in our
Jesus was born so one day the price
could be paid for the things we have
done that are wrong. The Bible says
that all have sinned. We are all born
with a sin nature. We do things that do
not please God. Through the sins of
Adam and Eve, we have all inherited
that sin nature. We need to have that
removed. The only way is through
Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on
the cross for ALL of our sins. If we
believe that Jesus died for our sins, we
can ask Him to come into our hearts
and forgive us. Then, we are clean and
made whole. We can know that heaven
is a place where we can go to when this life is over. "But if we
confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to
cleanse us from every
wrong." I John 1:9
We can truly be happy at Christmas!
No matter what may be happening, we
can know that we are His children. We
then become sons and daughters of
God. Heaven will be our home one day.
Look at Christmas in a new way this
year. This is the year to invite Jesus
into your heart. You will then have a
"Merry Christmas." The joy and peace
you will receive will last all year as you
look to God for all your needs to be
Jesus Is The Reason For The Season!

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