Really, Christmas is . . . (Things I’ve Learned about Christmas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is for kids.

The innocence of believing in a Santa Claus.

Believing that someone cares SO much that he wants to bring you a gift. (Seems to strengthen the heart toward loving God, the one who cares SO much that he gave the gift of Jesus.)

Kids laugh and sing at Christmas.

They anticipate the school party and Christmas morning,

are excited to see a gift added under the tree,

love decorating cookies,

want snow.

Christmas is for kids.

 

Christmas is for adults wanting to be kids,

wanting to give and receive,

remembering Christmases past,

tearing up when we hear, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” or “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,”

understanding the meaning of “heavenly peace.”

It’s a time when we actually look at strangers and say, “Merry Christmas.”

Christmas is for adults wanting to be kids!

 

 

 

Christmas is for the believer!

Knowing about redemption through the sacrifice, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, we then look back on the birth of our Lord and realize how awesome it really is!

His birth!

The King’s humble birth. In a manger.

The King’s perfect birth. He had to be born of a virgin; otherwise, he wouldn’t be the perfect lamb of God – the spotless lamb. And we see that little baby for who He really is – the Savior of the world – the one who saves us!

Christmas is for the believer!

 

But  most of all, Christmas is for the unbeliever, the one who does not yet know Christ as Lord.

After all, this is why Jesus came. This is why He was born to a virgin. He was God in the flesh. He came for us!

We who need Immanuel — “God with us.”

He came for us!

We who are lost in our sin and need a Savior.

For us!

We who are blemished; therefore could not become or offer a spotless lamb of sacrifice.

For us!

His birth was prophesied years before. (Isaiah) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call himImmanuel.. . For unto us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. . . We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

If you have not yet believed with your heart and confessed with your mouth (prayer) the Lord Jesus (Romans 10), let this be the Christmas season that you become a Christian, a believer of the “little Lord Jesus” who “lay down His sweet head” and later lay down His life for you.

 

So, you see, Christmas is for the unbeliever, the one who does not yet know that Christ is Lord!

Because He is the good news!