December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas

Shamelessly taken from Jim, because he said it best:

Why Is It Merry?
Posted by Jim Price - 12/24/2004 2:02:52 AM

As I sat here in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, I began to wonder if anyone that happened across this blog might wonder why Christmas should be a Merry event.

- Because Santa Clause brings us presents?

- How about getting to see all of the family we seem to drift away from through the course of life each year?

- I know! It's the relief brought about by a few much-needed days off from work...right?

All perfectly valid and good reasons to be merry, but is there something else?

Yes! Read on:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ever heard the phrase, "Jesus Is The Reason For The Season"? It's true. Christians are especially merry at Christmas time, not just because of the family, the food, fun, presents, and vacation we enjoy- we know that Christmas is the hallmark of joy. It is the celebration of the most signifigant turning point in Earth's history. You see, God loves us, and although He cannot tolerate our sin, He found a way to redeem us, and bring us back into fellowship with Him.

He sent His son Jesus to earth, to be born as a man; to grow up as we do; to fully experience life in all of its wonders, amazement, and yes, even temptation. But unlike us, Jesus did not give into temptation- ever. Not once did He ever sin. That is why He was able to become the perfect sacrifice on the cross for our sins. He took our guilt upon Himself, willingly, and died to make us free.

And that is why we celebrate His birth. Furthermore, that is the real reason why Christmas is merry!

Merry Christmas to you! Enjoy this holiday season; slow down and get to know your family and friends again. Most importantly, if you don't know Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, you won't have to look far to find Him. He's patiently waiting for you to notice that He's already found you. But only you can decide to let Him in.

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

Posted by Kyer at December 24, 2004 04:51 PM