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Celebrate the Birth of Christ Not a Day of the Year

The 25th of December is probably not Jesus’ birthday.

Christmas is most likely celebrated at the wrong time of year if you were trying to align with the date of Jesus birth.

Yet it is as good a time as any to do it.

Just remember why you celebrate Christmas.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and He came full of grace and truth.

He is the promised Redeemer. He was crucified and arose from the dead. And He will come again to make all things new.

So when you get to grandma’s house on the 26th, you didn’t miss Christmas. You just didn’t get to overeat. So, don’t let anyone send you on a guilt trip.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/jhn.1.14.NASB

Jesus The Great Light #Christmas

Isaiah prophesied it, John witnessed it. The Light came into the world and it was/is Jesus.

With zeal God accomplished His plan. The Lord of hosts could not be stopped from completing his plan to bring a redeemer into the world.

The Redeemer that he had promised since the time Adam and Eve failed in the garden.

Will you step out of darkness today? Believe in Jesus and know that He is the Light of this world.

The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian. For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:2‭-‬7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/isa.9.2-7.NASB

The Attempted Murder of Baby Jesus

Jesus survived an assassination attempt as a baby.

Power corrupts and Herod was influenced by Satan to try and destroy the Messiah.

Look it up, its historical.

Satan will do all that he can to try and thwart God’s plan. Yet at every turn he fails and he will continue to fail without success. I know because I read it in the Bible.

Jesus had to deal with Satan just as we do. He survived the assassination attempt, He was tempted and did not sin and He was crucified then rose from the dead.

These are the situations we know Jesus lived through to fulfill His purpose. But there were surely other life circumstances He endured.

As you think about your life struggles don’t lose faith that God has a plan. Keep on keeping on. Jesus told us that the world would hate us (John 15), consider it all joy (James 1).

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: ‘ and you , bethlehem , land of judah , are by no means least among the leaders of judah ; for out of you shall come forth a ruler who will shepherd my people israel .'” Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ” out of egypt I called my son .” Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “A voice was heard in ramah , weeping and great mourning , rachel weeping for her children ; and she refused to be comforted , because they were no more .” But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
Matthew 2:1‭-‬23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/mat.2.1-23.NASB

Just a history reminder here, Egypt was at this time also part of the Roman empire just like the area of Palestine.

The Lie of Santa and Elf on the Shelf

You are lying to your children. It’s not an innocent story. Your children should always trust that you are telling them the truth. The older they get the more you have to lie to prop up the story.

One day you will ask them to trust you about who Jesus is. But they will have learned that mom and dad are skilled liers practiced in the art of story telling and that whole institutions are set up to fool children into believing a false narrative for feelings of store bought joy and happiness.

You need to tell them that these are fiction stories and only Santa is loosely connected to a historical figure with no magical power.

No you will not be destroying their childhood. You will be rearing them in truth.

Surely tell them not to tell their little friends at school otherwise they may get their friend’s parents upset. #woke

This time of year is about our savior Jesus Christ. No mythical creature is to steal any glory from him.

If we decorate it is for Him. If we give gifts it is to celebrate Him as He was a gift. If we show love it is because He is love.