Keeping Christ in CHRISTmas!

The season of the year we call “Christmas” and all the holiday trappings we see around us are so filled with folklore and mythical stories … the stuff of fairytales!  It’s all designed, I guess, to appeal to children – to make their eyes dance and fill the air with laughter and excitement.  It’s also the fertile ground for marketing schemes and the jingle of cash registers.  So what is reality in the midst of all that is mythical? 

I read a passage from the Bible this morning that I think makes the case for that…

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen.  We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands.  He is the Word of Life!  This One who is Life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him.  And now we testify and proclaim to you that He is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then He was revealed to us.  We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.”  (1 John 1:1–4 NLT)

In the midst of all the mythical and the merriment, I don’t want to miss the reality… Jesus is real!  He actually came to earth as a babe in a manger!  He lived among us!  The miracles in the Bible actually happened!  He suffered and died for our sin… and rose again… He ascended back to heaven… and ever lives!!

Don’t miss the “real thing” in the Christmas season – don’t let your children mix up reality with fiction… Just say’n!  As a Christian I’m determined to keep Christ in Christmas!!!

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