Why We Celebrate Christmas

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            Please allow me to keep things very pointed this week.  As I write I am fully aware that satan is alive and well.  As I see things developing in Jerusalem, the attacks taking place here in America, and the struggles within churches, I am concerned.

            I am concerned not that satan is going to defeat us because I know that will not happen.  I am concerned that people will walk right by all the confusion into a devil’s hell.  They will not clearly hear the call of Christ to salvation because the call of damnation is so much more dominant.

            As we move ever closer to this Christmas it is imperative that we not allow the drama of various issues to drown out the glorious truths resounding at this time.  Now more than ever people need to hear the angelic announcements that burst into the lives of Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds.

            To Mary, “The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”  Luke 1:35

            To Joseph, 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  21 "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."  22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:  23 "Behold the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:20-23

            To the Shepherds,  10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

            Did you hear that?  -- the holy Child shall be called the Son of God ---- He is conceived of the Holy Spirit – His name shall be called Jesus – Immanuel – which is God with us --- and Savior who is Christ the Lord.  Wrapped up in that blanket in a manger was God in the flesh who came to touch the lives of all mankind. 

            But just as important as the announcements was the reaction from Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds.  In Luke 1:38 --Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”  -- Then in Matt. 1:24 -- “Joseph arose from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife.”  And in Luke 2:15b – “…the Shepherds began saying to one another, ‘Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

            When the revelation came they each responded in submission and obedience.  Should we do less?  I pray this year that your heart will be touched and you will remember why we celebrate Christmas.

Grandma Nachtigall would say – ‘Mein Gott is sehr gut!  Froliche Wienachten!  (My God is very good!  Merry Christmas!)

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul