Monday, December 24, 2012

Rememebering the "Christ" in "Christmas"


By Kaitlyn

      Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, decorations, gifts, and being with family, are all symbols of Christmas to most people. But what those people forget is what Christmas itself means. The word Christmas is actually  an old English word meaning “Christ Celebration”.  What are we celebrating about Christ? The story is found in the four Gospels of the Bible.

          Although Luke is the book that is most turned to for the Christmas story, each Gospel depicts a different version of the story; each true. Luke tells of  how Mary, the virgin,  conceived a child, Jesus, through the Holy Ghost. She married her fiance, Joseph, and they went to Bethlehem (Joseph's birthplace) to be taxed according to the Roman census. They found no room in the inn, and had to stay among animals in a simple stable, which was probably more like a cave. There, Jesus, the King of Kings, was born to save all from their sins, for He was born to die on the cross for everyone, that we might have eternal life.

So on Christmas Day, in the middle of all the food, fellowship, decorations, and presents, remember to think of what happened more than 2,000 years ago in a humble stable for YOU and all those around you. Remember to say “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.

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