“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 KJV
How often have you truly thought about the Christmas story?
I mean, really: Once upon a time, a woman gave birth to a son in a stable. The son would go on to heal the sick, turn water into wine, bring the dead back to life, and pay the price for all of the world’s sins so that we could have eternal life. Eventually he died, came back to life and then rose into heaven, fulfilling dozens of prophecies made 300 years before his birth. The end. They all lived happily ever after.
Wait. What?! This isn’t a Disney fantasy. This verse came True with a capital T when the king of the world was born in a stable one dark, silent night. When we celebrate Christmas, we aren’t celebrating Santa Claus and pine trees and hot cocoa and family. We’re celebrating our Lord, thanking him for coming to Earth, and honoring the miraculous events leading up to and directly following his birth.
As we set out nativities, attend church and read the Christmas story for the umpteenth time, let’s not forget the savior that these season is truly all about.
This is Christmas.