By Bill Strader, www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com
Christmas: the most amazing story ever told. God became a baby, He was born in a manger, lived 33 years on this Earth, was crucified, died, and was buried. He rose from the grave and ascended to Heaven.
The story of Christmas is not just to be learned or repeated, it is meant to change our lives. What use is the Christmas story if it does not bring forgiveness, power, and joy into our lives? It is not just a story to be passed on to our children so they can understand why a nativity scene sits under our Christmas tree. It is meant to provide forgiveness for our sins.
If our children haven’t learned that Jesus is God incarnate, to forgive us from our sin, then we have failed our children. If they do not understand that the body of Jesus grew up, became a man, and went to the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, then we have failed them.
If they do not know that as Joseph and Mary knocked at the innkeeper’s door in Bethlehem seeking entrance, likewise Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts seeking entrance so we can be saved, then Christmas means nothing. If they do not realize Jesus was born in a manger so He can be born in our hearts, then they’ve missed the point.
Jesus came to this Earth as a humble baby dependent upon His Heavenly Father, to show us how He wants us to live our lives. As the star led the wise men to kneel before Jesus, so God wants to lead us to kneel before Christ. As the wise men gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, so God wants us to give of all we have to serve Jesus and make him our Savior, Lord, and King.
Too often in America, we grow up thinking knowledge and information about a subject is sufficient. Not so with Christmas. God doesn’t want us to just learn the facts about the story of Christmas; He wants us to experience it personally by bowing our lives before the Christ Child and worshipping Him.
Undoubtedly, most of us have learned the facts about the Christmas Story, but God wants more. He wants to transform our lives. He wants us to experience forgiveness, joy, peace, and his power in our daily lives.
The Christmas Story means salvation, regeneration, and redemption for all who turn to the Christ Child in the manger. There are many ways to retell the Christmas Story; but let us be sure we do not miss the point. Make sure you and your family focus on the real meaning of Christmas this season. Take this opportunity to bow before the Christ Child and worship him as your Savior and Lord.
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (I Corinthians 4:20)