Glenda Shouse: What? No Christmas?
For unto us a Child is born, unto to us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.~Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
Just like Easter, Christmas will never be cancelled or shoved aside as just another holiday to be missed.
The true Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus can never be blotted out. We can celebrate this timeless event whenever we choose. It’s an event worthy of celebrating every day. We are not keeping a tradition, but remembering when God interrupted the ordinary, and showed us the miraculous.
God humbled Himself, choosing to come as a baby who was dependent upon His mother to sustain His very life. He did this so He might share in our humanity, and demonstrate to us that He understands our weaknesses and shortcomings. Jesus is the Eternal Gift. God gave Himself to provide a way for us to have a relationship with Him, fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah 7:17, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel.~Isaiah 7:17 NKJV
An angel announced His coming to the shepherds. A multitude of angels appeared, praising God, giving Him glory. A star was seen by the wise men, leading them to the Christ child. They brought gifts worthy of a king–gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and they laid them at the young child’s feet. These were symbols of His majesty, wonderful gifts recognizing His royalty.
This first Christmas was no hum-ho celebration, and neither should ours become ordinary. It doesn’t have to be glitz and glitter, but a bowing of our hearts, an embracing of what God has done for us. Jesus gave the greatest gift of all–Himself. He chose to come as a baby. He didn’t have to share in our humanity but He did. That’s how much He loves us. The Bible records Jesus’s love, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (John 4:9 NKJV).
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.~John 4:9 NKJV
Jesus Christ came as a babe, lived a sinless life, suffered, died on Calvary’s Cross, rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and is sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for us. One day He will come again. Are you ready? Have you given Him all of you? Friend, do so right now. In your own words, surrender your life to Jesus.
Have you given your life to Jesus Christ? Can you do this?
Lord Jesus, I am thankful for Your love. Right now I surrender my life to You, and I ask You to be my Savior, Lord, and soon-coming King. Help me to live every day surrendered to You and in awe of Your majesty, and grateful that You are my friend. Thank You for caring about me, and loving me enough to die on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty for my sins, and to arise victorious, and to prepare a place for me in heaven.
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