A child was born, just like children are born all the time. But this one was different, and all babies that are born are special, but this one was a very special one. He was special because he was God's son. His Earth father was Joseph, and his Earth mother was Mary. We all know this, as the story of this child has spread around this world.
This child, like all babies, was born for a reason. While other babies are born to become doctors, lawyers, mechanics, salespersons, janitors, accountants, this baby had a purpose, too. He was to become a teacher. And part of his purpose was to teach people how to have a good life, to do good things themselves, and prepare for the life they would have after their time on Earth was over.
This baby, as he grew older, demonstrated an uncanny knowledge of Hebrew law and God, and he used this knowledge, as was his purpose, to teach the people who had strayed from the Hebrew belief.
In his short lifetime, he performed many miracles; he healed the sick, and made the blind to see again. During his time, there were, of course, those who were non-believers. Some of them were even powerful people in the Hebrew leadership.
They finally were able to coerce those in power to get rid of this menace who they felt was challenging their own power. We all know of the real beginning of this story, which is the crucifixion of this Jesus, the son of God. This act was not an ending, because Jesus rose from the dead, as he said he would, and it was the beginning of a new life for all mankind who chose Him as their savior for their sins.
Since that time, we have celebrated the humble birth in a manger of this God-man, Jesus. Those who have chosen The Way as their life-style have elected to follow the Ten Commandments and follow Jesus who washed away their sins.
So, those who follow Jesus celebrate this birth annually. There are those, of course, who still do not accept this God-Man as their savior, and in America, they have the freedom to do so. They should be thankful they live in this country where freedom of religion is the standard.
For many years this country has respected the fact that because of their nature, different people have different beliefs, and we have managed to survive. Lately, since Political Correctness raised its ugly head, we have become at logger-heads over the "rights" of all these groups, and it is sad. Sad not just because people don't believe the same way I do, but sad because non-believers have been allowed - even encouraged - to slam Christianity as it goes against their "Politically-Correct" agenda.
Instead, they follow the notion that Santa Claus is the One. Actually, Santa Claus is the one - who can put billions of dollars each year into the pockets of those whose pockets are already dragging in the cash.
And in the rush to get the gifts that people have put on their "gift list" of specific brands, Christ's birth is shunted aside, and largely forgotten. A rush to lust. What we "want" is things that are man-made and therefore likely to break, to rust, to wear out, and then next year we replace them with new and better things.
The idea of giving has been tarnished, taking away the joy of a person to use their own discretion to buy something the person would like. No surprises. We simply become the means to an end, and the giving feeling is lost. Oh, yes, they will be assured of "liking" the gift, but the loser is the giver. The bottom line, I think, is the feeling of the giver, rather than the getter. The creativity of the giver is minimized.
The focus of modern Christmas is on the getting of gifts, not the giving of a gift. Jesus gave us all, each one of us, the greatest gift of all - his life. And it was nothing material, something made by man. He gave his life in the most heinous, cruel way. He gave us all God's forgiveness for our sins. Wow, what a blessed, wonderful gift. Imagine. He knew this was his purpose; he might even have tried to sidestep his destiny, but he chose not to. That was a particularly awesome kind of man, wasn't he?
So, it is with joy, mixed with humbleness, that we celebrate the birth of the man, Jesus Christ, who gave so much to all of us so long ago. His gift is one that we will all have until the end of time.
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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"Holiday" derives from "Holy Day". So it's etymologically under-informed at best to assert that "Happy Holidays" does not reference God. By simply reviewing one of many denominations (The Roman Catholic Church), you will learn that the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar recognized ASH WEDNESDAY as the first day of Lent, which is the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
Mr. Weete, Another Great Article!!! You're a True Culture Warrior under the Banner of Truth doing your part... Merry Christmas Mr. Weete and all the best to you and yours........