So What is Christmas?

First of all let me say that as good as the following are, these things are not what Christmas is about.

1. Presents
2. Family
3. Fun
4. Santa Claus
5. Children
6. Friends
7. Holidays
8. Food and Drink
9. Snow, sleighs, bells, tinsel or even trees
10. World peace…..

All these are great, and fun, and good for the world but there is one thing missing, the reason for the day in the first place.

The day recognizes the birth of Jesus, son of Mary and step son of Joseph. I do believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Although December 25 is not the actual day of the birth of Jesus, it is as good a day as any to celebrate that about  2010 years ago, Jesus was born on earth and the world will never be the same again.

His birth is just a small part of the story, he went on to comfort the hurting and the broken, heal the sick and even raise the dead. He forgave “sinners” the people who broke the rules of the day. Outcasts of society,  prostitutes and thieves where his friends. Ultimately He even took our faults and failures upon Himself and became a sacrifice once and for all that we no longer need to face an eternity with our problems.

His resurrection gave us hope that one day we too will be whole, clean and well, just as we all were supposed to be.

Even today Jesus is with you, whether you “feel it” or not, whether you accept Him or not is up to you, I will not, and cannot,  force you to believe because that decision is yours  alone to make. All I can ask is that you look into this season, Christmas, and take time to find out what it is about,  ask yourself “what is my response to it”?.

Read the parts of the bible called the gospels especially Luke and John, to find out more. Choose a version that is easily understood by you. Be open, take some time this Christmas to find out more.

Paul S Allen

(this is an updated re-post of a previous article of mine on 24 Dec 2009
http://thewaterside.tumblr.com/post/298233268/so-what-is-christmas)

Christmas Tree 2010 #1

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About Paul S Allen

Musician (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin); Singer Song Writer; Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Leadership; Strategy; Vision;

Posted on 09/12/2010, in Church, Faith and Personal Development, General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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