Posts Tagged ‘Nativity of Jesus’

…A time for families

…A time for celebrations

…A time for giving

…A time for parties

…A time for Christ

I must admit to being disappointed by a number of conversations I’ve heard in these last couple of weeks – These conversations have all been about Christmas, but not about Christ-mas, but instead about all night partying, drinking to excess and then suffering from a hangover for a day or two afterwards.

I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper because honestly I like a good party as must as the next person, but come on, what is it about Christmas that make people think it means they have to drink to excess and become so f=drunk that they can’t remember much, if anything, about their night out, and feel really ill the next day…or two!

no christ no christmasAs well as this, I’ve also been disappointed by the number of people who, when talking about their Christmas, have focused on everything and anything apart from celebrating the birth of Jesus. Even when someone has mentioned about church or chapel, they’ve talked about it as if it’s a chore going to church and that they only go at Christmas out of duty, not because they want to celebrate the reason for the season.

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus, so please, this Christmas don’t get too caught up in partying and presents that you forget that if it hadn’t been for Christ, we would not have CHRISTmas!

 

Did you used to celebrate the birth of Christ as Christmas time, but now you don’t?

Did you used to look forward to giving and receiving presents at Christmas time, but now you don’t?

Let’s get back to basics this Christmas, and feel Christmas like a child.

I want to feel Christmas, how it used to be
With all of it’s wonder falling on me
This season has felt so empty, oh for quite a while
I want to feel Christmas like a child

I want to see snowflakes fall to the ground
My brothers and sisters all gathered around
Singing “Away In A Manager” as we sit by the fire
I want to feel Christmas like a child

It’s been so long now, I can’t say
Just when I lost my way
But I’m going back to how it was
When this day meant everything
And we spent our time remembering 
The baby Child born for us

It’s all about Jesus, asleep in the straw
This infant, this King, this Savior for all

So I don’t need bells to be ringing
‘Cause I’ll join with angels singing
Gloria
And I can feel Christmas like a child
I want to feel Christmas like a child…

Yesterday all over the world, we celebrated Christmas – I hope you had a fantastic time with your friends and family and got lots of lovely presents.

I hope you weren’t too busy yesterday to take just a few minutes to thank God for sending Perfect Love to earth in the form of Jesus.

Those of you who have children or who have friends who have children, will understand how the birth of a child can be described as the visual representation of perfect love and innocence. Mary gave birth to perfect love when she had Jesus and what a difference He made in this world!

Making a difference in this world is not just something Jesus can do, it’s something every one of can achieve if we let God help us. After all we were all a new-born baby at one time, and all were the image of perfect love. Let’s share the perfect love of Jesus throughout the world today and every day.

 

 

So that’s Christmas over…the presents have all been opened the food prepared and eaten…so what now?

In the last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas I’ve talked about Christmas, and what Christmas is really all about…Christ. So now that Christmas is over does that mean we should just forget about Christ until next Christmas?

Definitely not!

Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the impact His time on earth had on the people He came into contact with as well as the millions that have become believers in God since then too.

Celebrating Christ’s birth is just the start of the celebrations, as there’s so much more that Christ did during His time on earth that we must celebrate. So in celebrating Christ’s birth, this should just be the start of a long celebration of Christ and all that can be achieved by becoming a believer in God.

Why not make this Christmas season the start of a new and exciting life for you, celebrating Christ’s life and learning more about His love for each one of us.

It’s nearly Christmas Day!

It’s now after 7pm so all the shops will be closed, so I hope you’ve bought everything you need, both for presents are also food! But are you really ready for Christmas? Are you ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus?

Christ was born this Christmas night!

 

 

Let’s make sure this Christmas that we make sure we keep Christ in CHRISTmas, by celebrating the love God has shown to each one of us.

I pray you may expereience God’s love for you and your family this Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Two weeks today will be Christmas Day, so on that day, what will you be celebrating?

The giving and receiving of presents? A family feast? The birth of Jesus Christ?

First and foremost Christmas is about the birth of Jesus all those years ago, so while I will hopefully be giving and receiving some presents and eating too much food, I will definitely be thanking God for sending His son Jesus to earth.

As a Christian, I’ve been really annoyed and frustrated and the “campaign by some to stop us from calling Christmas, Christmas but instead just all it a holiday. Yes most of us do get a few days holiday at Christmas time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a celebration of Christ‘s birth too!

I believe that we should all be free to celebrate the religious festivals applicable to our religion, and in doing so should not be dictated to what we actually call them. Therefore let us keep Christ in Christmas. After all without Christ there would never have been a Christmas!

Jesus truly is the reason for the season…”Christ”mas!

I came across the song The End of the Beginning by David Phelps a number of months ago. However in the last few days I’ve found the words of this song coming to mind over and over again…

The End Of The Beginning by David Phelps

I was taking a trip on a plane the other day, just wishin’ that I could get out.
When the man next to me saw the book in my hand and asked me what it was about.
So I settled back in my seat. “A best-seller,” I said, “a hist’ry and a myst’ry in one.”
Then I opened up the book and began to read from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John…

 He was born of a virgin one holy night in the little town of Bethlehem.
Angels gathered ‘round Him underneath the star singing praises to the great I AM.

He walked on the water, healed The lame, and made the blind to see again.
And for the first time here on earth we learned that God could be a friend.
And though He never, ever did a single thing wrong, the angry crowd chose Him.
And then He walked down the road and died on the cross and
that was the end…of the beginning.”

“That’s not a new book, that’s a Bible,” he said, “And I’ve heard it all before.
I’ve tried religion, it’s shame and guilt, and I don’t need it anymore.
It’s superstation, made-up tales, just to help the weak to survive.”
“Let me read it again,” I said, “But listen closely. This is gonna change your life.”

“He was born of a virgin one holy night in the little town of Bethlehem.
Angels gathered ‘round Him underneath the star singing praises to the great I AM.

He walked on the water, healed the lame, and made the blind to see again.
And for the first time here on earth we learned that God could be a friend.
And though He never, ever did a single thing wrong, the angry crowd chose Him. And then He walked down the road and died on the cross and that was the end…of the beginning.”

“The end of the beginning?” he said with a smile. “What more
could there be? He’s dead. You said they hung Him, put nails in
His hands and a crown of thorns on His head.” I said, “I’ll read it
again, but this time there’s more.

And I believe that this is true: His death wasn’t the end but the beginning of life that’s completed in you.
Don’t you see, He did all this for you…”

“He was born of a virgin one holy night in the little town of
Bethlehem. All the angels singing praises to the great I AM.
He walked on the water, healed the lame, and made the blind to see.
And for the first time here on earth, did you know that God could be a friend?
And though He never, ever did a single thing wrong, He was the one the crowd chose.
And then He walked and He died, but three days later, three days later, three days later…
He rose! Three days later He rose!

You see, He came, He lived, and He died, but that was the end of the beginning.

My favourite words from this song are…

He walked on the water, healed The lame, and made the blind to see again.
And for the first time here on earth we learned that God could be a friend.
And though He never, ever did a single thing wrong, the angry crowd chose Him.
And then He walked down the road and died on the cross and
that was the end…of the beginning.”

Why? Because it reminds me of some of the amazing things Jesus did during His short time on earth. But more than that, it reminds us that God can be a friend to each and every one of us.

Don’t let the birth of Jesus this Christmas, be the end of your relationship with God…make it the start of your relationship with God!

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Jesus was born in a stable amongst the stable animals with only a manger for his bed. Based on where Jesus was born and how he spent his first few hours, how can we ever question what is good enough for God, when a stable was good enough for His son!?

We are only human, so all we can do is our best for Jesus. God knows our limitations and knows when we are doing our best to be like Jesus.

When we do our best it is definitely good enough for God.