Christmas has started!
For over 1,500 years, the church has celebrated Advent beginning four Sundays before Christmas Day and ending at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve (technically, that would be Christmas Day, of course).
After that, Christians down through the centuries have celebrated Christmas for twelve days. We now join the cloud of witnesses of those who have gone before as we celebrate the Gift of Jesus.
Christmas doesn’t END today, it BEGINS.
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:6-7. NIV).
Talk about an understatement! Our Savior has been born; we are delivered. The message of Christmas is one of hope, peace, joy, and love.
It is a hope that only God can give through Jesus.
It is a peace that only comes from the reconciliation between God and humanity by Jesus.
It is a joy springing from the Author of all good things offered in Jesus.
And it is a love from God the Father giving the world His Son Jesus.
“There have been many babies to become kings, but only one King became a baby.”
“One King” Words and Music by David Phelps © 2007 Wordspring Music
From my family to yours: Merry Christmas!
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