As we approach the Christmas season, I can think of no better way to make ourselves ready and to put the season in the proper perspective than to emphasize the real Christmas story in family settings during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. A few folks are prone to repeat – without really understanding its true meaning – that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” As a matter of fact, there can be no truer statement. We always need Jesus, but the needs may be greater this year at Christmas than ever before. Our nation’s economy is in shambles, folks are really hurting and Americans as a whole are greatly concerned. By putting our complete trust and dependence in our Lord and Savior we can handle whatever comes our way. A good way to spend the days of this month leading up to Christmas Day is to give honor to Jesus and continually praise His name. I am including for your convenience the real Christmas story.
THE CHRISTMAS STORY
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. 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. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
With all of the doom and gloom that folks are being hit with these days, it will be difficult to get through the holidays without the strong hand of Jesus Christ leading us. My prayer is for each of you and your families to have a joyous Christmas and a truly blessed New Year.
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