The Reason for the Season
12 Days of Christmas (Day 12)
Tomorrow I won’t have a blog, as it will be Christmas Day.
What is Christmas? For some it is a day that Santa Claus comes to town and it’s the day that he brings presents for you and for me. For some it’s just another American holiday, an excuse to engorge on an insane amount of food and to spend time with family. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of ole’ saint Nicholas and I have been singing every Christmas song that there is to sing since Thanksgiving ended.
But what is the true meaning of Christmas? It is important to remember the true reason for the season.
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
One of my families traditions is to read the Christmas story, the story of Jesus’ birth. Before we open presents or spend time eating our Christmas meal, we read about the history of our Savior. But the story starts before Jesus was born. In the Old Testament the birth of Jesus was prophesized. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel.[d]
And that my friends, is why we celebrate Christmas.
A Merry Christmas Eve to all & to all a good night.