Tuesday, December 25, 2007

What Christmas Means to Me

Christmas is a day we remember the birth of Christ. Was he born on December 25th? Does it really matter?

On this day we remember His birth, we include Him in that celebration. Even when many try to keep Him out of it, He is remembered! It may only be in the words of a Christmas carol sung around the tree, but many people all around the globe will be celebrating the historical fact of the birth that changed the world!

I try and overcome all the commercialism and paganism involved in the tradition of Christmas by using the opportunity to focus on Christ! Put Him first! Lift Him up! Make Him the reason for the Season! Exalt HIM!

After all, He is the Greatest Gift ever given! His birth was for a purpose. He was born to be our Saviour! He was born to save us from our sin, from the penalty of our sin, from the guilt of living a life of sin.

For God so loved the world He gave His only son! Paul calls this the Unspeakable Gift!

It is a gift, freely given to all men. Have you accepted this gift? We are all in need of this gift as we are all born into the human race with a sin debt.

Our debt;

"Because all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God." Romans 3:23.

His gift:

"The wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD is eternal life through JESUS CHRIST our Lord." Romans 6:23.

Christmas would be a wonderful time to accept this Gift of God!

Receive His forgiveness! He was born, God in the flesh, for our redemption. He was sacrificed and died for our atonement, and He rose again to provide a way for all to have forgiveness if we but repent. It is a gift given to us freely, but a gift that came with a high price!

The True Cost Of Christmas

( by Chyrll's Corner)

It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a long period of exile in Egypt to protect the little Babe.
It cost mothers, in and around Bethlehem, the massacre of their babies by the cruel order of Herod.
It cost the shepherds the complacency of their shepherd's life, with the call of the manger and to tell the Good News.
It cost the wise men a long journey and expensive gifts and changed lives.
It cost the early Apostles and the early church persecution and sometimes death.
It cost missionaries of Christ untold suffering and privation to spread the Good News.
It cost Christian martyrs in all ages their lives for Christ's sake.
More than all this, it cost God the Father His own Son-He sent Him to the earth to save men.
It cost Jesus a life of sacrifice and service, a death cruel and unmatched in history.


Donald Douglas said...

A very thoughtful, heartfelt message this Christmas Day.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday, and all the best for the new year!

redneck preacher said...

To quote a wise philosopher of the day, "Ditto"


Kimberly said...

Merry Christmas to all!

Abouna said...

AMEN. The gift of salvation may be free to us, but it came at a very high price.

Merry Christmas and the best of all New Years.

Baptist Girl said...

I am just going around and wishing all my favorite bloggers a Very Merry Christmas. I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and that the days and years ahead are full of joy for your family and most of all joy in Christ. I am so glad you are my aiater in Christ!
God bless,

Dawn said...

Beautifully said. I hope you have enjoyed your US Christmas this year!

Stephen Renico said...

Merry Christmas and God bless you, JM.

Anonymous said...

Christmas is Emmanuel, God with us.
God Bless You!
From Buenos Aires, Argentina
Daniel Dañeiluk

Anonymous said...

What a Wonderfully written piece of truth, Yes He came to save us and in doing so it Cost a lot of lots of people to be a FREE GIFT. Trust that you and yours had a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS.. We did. You don't hear from me much I am a friend of penless writer and not a blogger. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AS YOU CONTINUE GODS WORK...DON