Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas: What's It Really All About?

This year, more than ever, I have found myself thinking about the true meaning of Christmas. If you look at our world, you'd probably think that Christmas was all about giving and getting the latest and greatest, must-have gifts, but Christmas had a much more humble beginning.

It started with love--a love so big and so great we can only begin to understand it. Out of that love, a gift was given that is exceedingly better, more valuable, and more important than any earthly possession we could ever receive.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. "
I know I'm not the only one thinking about his. Charlie Brown has been wrestling with this for over forty-five years and his good friend Linus had it right...

This Christmas, have you accepted the gift of Jesus? If you have, are you taking full advantage of it? So many of the "must-have" gifts we receive soon lose their shine and newness, and lay forgotten in a drawer or a closet. Our relationship with Jesus is meant to be one we carry with us in life--day in and day out. It's not meant to be with us only on special occasions or only on Sundays. It's meant to be with us on our drives to work, while we fix supper, when things are going well, and when nothing seems to be going our way.

What's Christmas really all about?

A love great enough to save us.

A gift given freely to each of us.

Accept it. Receive it. Live in it.

God sure was using the Charlie Brown Christmas special this year...check out more thoughts on the season's greatest gift.

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