Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Christmas – a time of year when family and friends gather together and celebrate with presents, decorations, Christmas trees and parties – but what does it all really mean?
For the shepherds watching their sheep in the fields near Bethlehem, it was a night to remember. Luke 2:9-12 tells us, “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Can you imagine the scene of that first Christmas, all those years ago? Shepherds, terrified and uncertain – but slightly curious – making their way to see this baby the angels were talking about. Arriving at a stable of all places, filled with animals, and finding a young mother and father huddled over their precious baby boy. I wonder if they realized then what an impact the life of that little baby boy would have on the entire world for all of eternity.
While the material things, like presents, parties and trees are nice, Christmas is so much more than that – it’s a time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. He was born into the world on that cold Bethlehem night all those years ago for one reason – to save us all from our sins. Because of his birth, we have the promise of everlasting life with Him one day in Heaven – and that truly is a reason to celebrate!
From all your friends at Daystar, we pray that you would have a blessed Christmas season, filled with the love of Christ!