Christmas Introduction

December 25 and continuing until Epiphany January 6

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

Merry Christmas!!!  Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ.  It is His birthday.  Technically, no one knows for sure when that was and used to be celebrated on Yule as discussed in Yule by this same author.  Christmas is also another spiritual season.  It means that we are outside of time and space.  We celebrate His birth spiritually as well taking in all the joy of Heaven at the joyous event!

Jesus Christ, whose birthday we celebrate on December the 25, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.  He was fully human and fully God.  Which is a confusion to a lot of people because there is only one God.  Being the Son of God, He is One in being with the Father.  We will not enter a lengthy discussion on Jesus’ life here for Christmas is about his birth.

“Now it happened in those days, that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to enroll themselves, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enroll himself with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him as wife, being pregnant.

It happened, while they were there, that the day had come that she should give birth. She brought forth her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn. There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.” Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.”

It happened, when the angels went away from them into the sky, that the shepherds said one to another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” They came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the feeding trough. When they saw it, they publicized widely the saying which was spoken to them about this child. All who heard it wondered at the things which were spoken to them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told them. Luke 2:1-20

 

Christmas Prayer

Father, you make this holy day radiant with the splendor of Jesus Christ our light. We welcome him as God, the true light of the world. Happy Birthday!  Bring us to eternal joy in the kingdom of heaven, where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Peace be with you.

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