The Reason for the Season // Christmas

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas is such a fun time of year. It's a time of joy and light and excitement. Yet, for some people, Christmas is a reminder of lost loved ones or hard times.

What is the reason for these two opposing views?

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." ~Luke 2:11 KJV
In our commercialized Christmas, it would seem that the reason for this season is skewed. We look at the lights, the trees, the presents, and the food and wonder if this is what Christmas is all about.

Lights are fun to look at and put up, trees are fun to decorate, presents are fun to exchange, and seeing friends and family is definitely nice. None of these things are bad things.

They become bad when we make them more important than the real reason. Most people don't even think about this reason during Christmas anymore because we're so caught up in these other things.
There are two places where we can find the account of Jesus' birth. One is in Luke and the other is in Matthew. I thought I would share Matthew's account here. Matthew 1:18-25 KJV:
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.  
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived of her is of the Holy Ghost. 
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord by the prophet, saying, 
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

The Christmas account can be found in Matthew and Luke, but it was alluded to in the Old Testament through prophecy as well. So, we see that this has been God's plan since the beginning.

Christmas is about celebrating God coming to earth in the form of a human. That's who Jesus is; He is fully God and fully man.

Christmas is about remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying in our place on the cross. Because love is about sacrifice.

Christmas is about looking forward to the day when Jesus again will return - not as a baby, but as a conquering King.

Christmas isn't just about the birth of someone who was an important historical figure; it's so much more.

Christmas time should remind us of the whole story, not just the baby in a manger part.

When we have the wrong view of what Christmas is, I can see how we might be gloomy or depressed. But when our focus is on the real reason - Jesus Christ - we can find true joy and hope in remembering why we celebrate.

Why are you celebrating Christmas this year?
"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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." ~Isaiah 9:6 KJV

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  1. what I find most interesting about Chritmas this year which is essentally celebrating the beginging of the first coming of Christ, is the fact my church has been studying about the second coming of Christ ( revalations) and for Christmas of course the service will be the first part of the first coming of Christ. : ) I know that was kinda random ...

    1. Hey that's really cool Evan! I think it's good to keep in mind the second coming when we think of the first coming too so that's cool that your learning about that in church! Thanks for reading and taking the time to drop a comment :)


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