The Greatest GiftHave you ever wondered why Christmas is celebrated in the first place?  Have you ever read about the Christmas story and understood it?

During this holiday season in particular, seek to understand Christmas.  Ask why and the what about Christmas.  So, as you shop for gifts think about the three wise kings.  As you prepare food, place the star on top of the tree, and so forth ask why.

Christmas is the greatest gift of them all.  Over 2000 years ago in a town of Bethlehem a miraculous gift came for all of us to receive.  Jesus Christ was born. Yes, Christmas is a wonderful day to set aside to celebrate this awesome gift and giver of life.  The Son of God is a miracle birth through Mary, the young mother of Jesus who gave birth in a stable behind overcrowded inn with Joseph by her side.  An angel Gabriel was sent by God to young Mary, a virgin, living in Nazareth, and a relative of Elizabeth (Luke 1:26 – 35; 36 – 45) that told her “do not to be afraid for you have found favor with God, and you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name JESUS…and He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High”… Since Mary was a virgin the angel indicated “the conception would be supernatural” (Luke 1:34 – 35).  According to the Bible, Mary said “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1: 38).

Mary was also engaged to marry Joseph a carpenter.  Upon learning of Mary’s pregnancy and being a righteous man, he was about to put Mary away without pubic disgrace. However, Joseph had God’s assurances about Mary’s pregnancy through an angel in a dream (Matthew 1:18 -25).  Joseph did marry Mary as the Lord’s angel had commanded.

Many interesting events happened throughout the pregnancy of Mary while in Jerusalem.  When king Herod heard of Jesus’ birth he sought to prevent the birth of Jesus.  He even tried to bribe the three wise men to report back to him while on their journey.  These three wise men followed a bright star seen in the east.  It led them until it came and stopped above the place where Jesus was.  When they saw they were overjoyed beyond measure!  There they saw the child with Mary His mother and they fell to their knees, the worshiped Him.  The Bible also says they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts:  gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route (Matthew 2:1-12).  Thus, the three wise kings men.  The kings where not interested in betrayal!  Furthermore, it is interesting to read how king Herod flew into a rage after the birth of Jesus, and gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under.

Mary was able to look in the face of Jesus sent by God to change the world forever…imagine that.  Mary humbly wrapped her baby Jesus in cloths and placed him in a feeding trough for animals. Though Jesus was birthed in humble means, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is the Son of the true living God. Bishops, priests, prophets, and highly studied theologians around the world believe He entered the world this way to cover ALL people with His gift of life and unconditional love for the poor and the rich alike.

On that glorious night He transformed the world.  Jesus Christ gave all human kind a gift – Love and a new Life.  This precious gift gives us the greatest opportunity to receive the gift of a better life – to become renewed in our heart, spirit and mind to be great persons.

During this Christmas season begin to read The New Testament in the Bible to get more understanding who Jesus is and why He had to come as a Savior of our world.

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Merry Christmas