Greatest Thing About Christmas

Isaiah 9:6; micah 5:2

Holly, mistletoe, stockings by the fire, presents under the tree, carolers on the porch, relatives home for a few days, last minute shopping, crowding shopping malls, long lines, pushing, shoving, honking... ah, it must be Christmas. That time of year when children swoon and parents wants to strangle the fellow who invented the microchip.

But in all the commercial rush of things, let us not forget the reason for Christmas: the coming of our Lord and Savior. The prophets told of Jesus birth, and Micah told the exact place. Not just the name of the city, but which one. You see, there were two Bethlehems ( one in Judah, one in Israel ). "Bethlehem Ephrathah" was in Judah and is the City of David, where the Christ was to be born.

Isaiah told of some of the names Jesus would be given: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. Jesus has been given all these titles and many more! John the Baptist called Him the Lamb of God; John the Apostle called Him the Bright and Morning Star; Paul the Apostle called Him the author and finisher of our faith.

To me, the greatest thing about Christmas is Easter. Without Christmas, Easter would have never happened, the debt we owe for our sins would not be paid, and our hope would be nonexistent. Some people are happy to leave Jesus as a tiny baby in the manger ( He appears to be safe there -- they don't have to claim Him as Lord and Savior ). But let us claim the truth during this holiday season: the Baby grew up, "the government was on His shoulders", He was crucified, but three days later rose from the dead, claiming victory over death and hell! Let people know why this birth was important, and why it is celebrated across the world -- the birth of the Savior of the world!

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