Thursday, December 25, 2008

~Happy Christmas~

LUKE 2:10-11 NKJ
10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all
11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a
Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Why say, "Happy Christmas"? Everyone knows that's not the
traditional greeting.

Aaah... tradition!

Sometimes we have more reverence for tradition than we do for
truth, or even than we do for God himself. Not that tradition
is all bad -- far from it. We just must not worship our
traditions and put them ahead of truth.

Tradition won't set you free -- but truth will.

Many traditions have grown up around Christmas -- some good,
and some not so good.

There is not much question that Jesus of Nazareth was NOT born
on December 25th, or anytime close to that date. But does it
matter? The important thing is that He WAS born, and that is
something worthy of celebration.

18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in
every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is
preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will
continue to rejoice

This is the way to look at Christmas: Christ is being
remembered -- by the world. Yes, there is too much
commercialism. And, yes, Jesus is often forgotten in all the
rush and hubbub of the season.

But how wonderful that the largest celebration of the year is
centered around the coming to earth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
That is something to be glad about!

Let's not be sucked in to fighting about the negatives of
Christmas. Let's emphasize Jesus, and try to remind others that
Jesus is the reason for us to celebrate. Portions taken from Daily Devotion

May you have a very Happy Christmas!



Denise said...

Christmas blessings to you dear friend, I love you.

Jan and Tom said...

Just dropping in to wish you a Merry Christmas!!

Jan & Tom

Alexis said...

Wonderful words! Hope you're having a WONDERFUL Christmas!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Cheryl!
We are supposed to have bad storms here in Arkansas tomorrow... and I'm hoping and praying you Okies don't as well. We often share eachother's weather!! Take care, and Happy Birthday Jesus!

Christina said...

Sometimes the commercialism of this time of year really depresses me. I just can't help it. It's like the Lords coming has nothing to do with the actual holiday. almost like 2 different things are being celebrated. I really don't like this part at all. I wish this day was not so wrapped up in the toy giving.

Sorry so depressing. Merry Christmas to you and your family.