One definition of Christmas is “a Dec. 25 celebration as a church festival in commemoration of the birth of Christ and observed as a legal holiday.”
The Holy Bible talks about the birth of Christ Jesus in the Book of Isaiah: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
But as we enjoy our traditions and festivities of the Christmas customs that have been collected from around the world, let’s save our most sincere and heartfelt “thank you” for our good, merciful, and loving God. From Him came the reason for the season: the baby born in that Judea manger more than 2,000 years ago.
An angel announced the arrival of this gift to mankind by saying, “I bring to you good news that will cause great joy — a savior has been born to you.”
The Holy Bible talks about gifts in the Book of James: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1-17)
It is truly a blessing when we can give cheerfully to those in need. As it is to receive cheerfully from those who just might have more than they need. Amen!
The Holy Bible also talks about the birth of Jesus in the Book of Matthew: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
Nowadays, everybody wants to be in control, wants to be a leader but never a follower. With no information, no direction, and way too much pride. All they have to do is bow down and ask the Lord to be their guide.
Guidance may be found again in the Holy Bible: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
The characters of Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman may bring us fleeting cheer. But this Christmas, even in the light of the sparkling Christmas tree and surrounded by merrily opened presents, the true excitement comes when we turn our attention to the baby named Jesus, who came to save His people from their sin.
His breath transcends tradition. It is our central focus as we send praises to God for this indescribable Christmas gift. Amen! Hallelujah!
Rev. John Littlejohn is an artist and vendor with Street Sense.