Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him...

Christ the Lord.

For one twelfth of each year, most of the world proclaims the name of Jesus.

Yep, pretty much for the whole month of December most of the world, and certainly the U.S., celebrates Christmas.

Well, guess what, you can't have Christmas without Christ. If God hadn't sent his Son to be born in a manger, there would be no celebration. There'd be no Hanukkah, no Kwanzaa either--it'd just be another month.

But the world decorates, sings Joy to the World and Oh Holy Night, and spends more money than they should to show family and friends how much they love them, all in the name of Christ.

Just remember, the greatest gift of all was Jesus--who came to earth as a man so that we wouldn't be afraid of Him in His true form as God and willingly paid the price for our sins. He who was without sin took on the sins of the world so that the world could be reconciled back to God.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16

Have you accepted the greatest gift of all?

1 comment:

mtnchild said...

Ahhh, Christmas.

I celebrate the holiday with the Christian world from habit. I celebrate the Winter Solstice from the heart; the beginning of light coming back into the world as days grow longer, and slowly warmer. It is a time of introspection and soon thoughts of planning for the new life cycle. I honor and respect all beliefs and hopefully can be honored and respected for mine. I cherish the earths cycles as my Gods and Goddesses help me to love and understand my life.

There is not that much of a difference in believing, as long as your personal beliefs do not trespass on others. We are after all, here to love one another no matter the name of the religion or belief that we follow.

Monotheistic religions, like Judaism, Christianity and Islam, tend to view time as linear. It started with creation; the world as we know it will end at some time in the future. Aboriginal and Neopagan religions see time as circular and repetitive, with lunar (monthly) and solar (yearly) cycles. Their "...rituals guarantee the continuity of nature's cycles, which traditional human societies depend on for their sustenance. http://www.religioustolerance.org/winter_solstice.htm

I wish for all to have a happy and safe Christmas.

I love you Jen,