Contributed by Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain
Christmas is about Christ. Unfortunately, Christmas has been overshadowed by commercialization and takes us away from the real reason for the season. Matthew 1:18-23 explains the meaning of Christmas.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Christmas is the birth of a virgin born son, who came to save His people from their sins, who is God.
The baby born at Christmas grew up to be a preacher of righteousness, who willingly went to the cross to die for the sins of mankind, was supernaturally resurrected, and is alive in heaven today interceding for us. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This Christmas, the greatest gift you could receive, is a new life in Jesus Christ. Believe on Him and you will have past from death to life eternal. You will have answered the age old question, “Where will I go when I die?” You will go to Heaven to be with Jesus forever and ever.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain