Blow me down with a feather! Next Tuesday is Christmas Day!
Where has the year gone?!
I was walking around the neighbourhood on Monday night. Not by myself, silly, with my partner of five months.
We walked around looking at the Christmas lights. It was a beautiful night for it.
The displays varied and were few and far between in the streets near my home. But they all bore one thing in common….
The message that Christmas is here.
And each house, whether elaborate or simple, were reflections of the joy Christmas time brings.
Our modern-day world tells us it’s a wonderful time to get together with family and appreciate what they each bring into our lives. Special time which is sacred above any other day of the year.
Which it is.
But Christmas time isn’t all fun and joy for everyone.
For some people, this year will be the first Christmas spent without a loved one, or it’ll be the anniversary of someone passed. For others they have no-one to spend Christmas with, no home to put up a tree, nowhere to hang decorations, no fancy meal or meal at all. Kids will innocently talk excitedly with their friends about what they got and what Santa brought them without an inkling that one of them probably didn’t get anything.
There’s nothing to feel guilty about in celebrating this time of the year with our loved ones. But we mustn’t get complacent either. Any day could see any one of us be in that same position next Christmas.
Treasure and cherish every moment.
Despite all the lovey-dovey feel-good reasons of the modern world for Christmas, do you know why we truly stop and celebrate, longing for peace and harmony across the world?
Essentially, yes, it’s about family. However, it’s not about your Earthly family. It’s about your Heavenly family, one of which started with a baby. And not just any baby. God’s own son.
King Herod had decided to find out how many people were in his kingdom, so he ordered everyone to head to their place of birth to be counted.
At this time, Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, was heavily pregnant and journeying to Bethlehem, as he was from the line of David.
Bethlehem was too small for an Inn or a Hostel, so people were housed by their relatives. By the time Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem, it was late and every house was full. None had any room for them. But one family allowed them to use the stable where the new born lambs for sacrifice were kept.
And that is where Jesus was born – amongst the first-born lambs to be used as sacrifice, or atonement, to God for the sins of Man.
Which ultimately, is the reason why Jesus was born – to be a sacrifice to God for the sins of all Mankind.
Jesus is the Saviour of the World – the only way to have a relationship with God, and the only way to bridge the abyss between God and us created when Adam and Eve ate the fruit off the forbidden tree and were cast out of the Garden of Eden forever.
And it is this which is celebrated at Christmas – the birth of Jesus, the sacrificial lamb of God, who’s very purpose for existing and gracing this Earth was to die in the most cruelest of ways while at the same time showing us exactly who God is and His nature. Despite how nasty people (His children) can be, or how many times they deny Him, He loves them anyway and went to the extreme to prove it.
Obviously, not everyone is a believer of God, or Jesus for that matter. However, no matter what a person may believe, it still remains the sole reason why Christmas exists.
It’s a Christian tradition, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the redeemer of the world.
Every year, I celebrate Jesus’ birthday. And like all family members when it’s their birthday, it’s a wonderful family affair, complete with gifts, joy, love and hope!
Jesus’ birth was celebrated that way, too, all those centuries ago – with family, with gifts and with love, joy and hope for the future!
Much excitement then.
Much excitement now.
Much excitement always.
I’m going to be taking a little break to enjoy Christmas and New Year with my family. So, my loyal and avid followers, I will be back in the New Year, raring with lots of words for your hungry eyes to read. In the meantime, keep safe, drive responsibly and have a plan B if drinking. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and have a prosperous 2019!
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