Luke 2:1-14 says, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.
And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough — because there was no room for them at the lodging place.
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.’ Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!”
This is the true gift of Christmas.
This time of year has become so focused on what we buy for someone to put under the tree. We spend hours shopping for that perfect gift and spend thousands of dollars on credit cards that will take years to pay off. So much effort goes into something that has no eternal purpose.
Christmas is called Christmas because of Jesus Christ. It’s not happy holidays, it’s Merry Christmas. It’s the time of year when people of faith celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. When we lose sight of this, it causes us to get our minds all cluttered up with material things instead of Jesus.
As I look around at our country and our world, I believe it’s high time the church stood up and started flexing a little muscle. We have been in trusted by God to be the story teller. We are all called to spread the Gospel of Christ to the world. If we are too busy shopping to tell someone about Christ, or to attend church services, then we have become too busy.
We must start now letting everyone know what the true gift of Christmas is about. If we don’t, the world we live in will continue to degrade until you won’t even have the right to do so.
So, as your enjoying this Christmas season, make sure you take the time to let your family know what it’s really about. Read the Christmas story to your kids and explain to them the importance of it. Attend church on Christmas day, what a blessing it is to have it on Sunday this year.
So, merry Christmas everyone and happy birthday Jesus.
Wade Phillips is senior pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship.