Thursday, December 24, 2015

Remember Jesus

by Tony Thomas

The Christmas holiday is well known as a time for both crass commercialism and unbridled materialism, especially in prosperous countries like the USA. I cringe when I see reports of "Black Friday" brawls in stores and malls over big screen TVs and other material objects that are only temporal and quickly become obsolete.

At the same time, so many are quick to forget the real meaning of the season -- the reason why we are celebrating and exchanging gifts:

"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them." (Luke 2:8-20 ESV)

God, in the form of a man, came to earth to live a righteous life and bear all of our sins on the Roman cross so that we may have eternal life if we trust in Him. So, let us forget about all of the excesses of what traditional Christmas has become and remember the true meaning of what we celebrate every December 25th -- the gift that God have us: Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21 ESV)

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