Last night in our prayer time, my husband and I pondered aloud the emptiness the world brings to such a blessed, joyous, and exceptional season as Christmas. The message from the world seems to be so much about getting.
Now, I admit when I married Clark, any gift-giving occasion got more exciting than it had ever been for me. You see, Clark delights in choosing a meaningful gift for me, even several. He has blown me away many times through the years with his selections.
Anyway, as good as a gift is, it’s just temporal. All gifts are subject to wear and tear, being broken, lost, or stolen.
For those who know Christ, HE is the gift of Christmas and of every single day of our lives. HE is eternal, and unchanging, and HE never grows tired or weary. HE is the motivation for each day, not just Christmas.
Christmas for every believer in Jesus is in our hearts, life eternal, love everlasting. CHRISTMAS, a thrill of hope, literally, the weary world truly does rejoice!
The world may not know why they decorate, play the carols, attend church, or give gifts, but the underlying message of Jesus promotes every bit of it. Every glimmering light, every baked item, each crinkle of Christmas wrap, traditions taught, carols sung, wreaths hung high, tinsel swooped around the trees, and every snowflake that may fall on Christmas announce the most phenomenal birth ever and proclaim to the world
Below are some quotes that capture the meaning of the glorious season…
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” C.S.Lewis from The Last Battle 1956
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 that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
“Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”- Corrie Ten Boom
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