Isaiah 9:6 NLT
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!” ― Benjamin Franklin
“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” ― Steve Maraboli
Matthew 1:21 NLT
And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” ― Ronald Reagan
“We must look to Mary's example to know how to deal with the glorious impossibilities of God. Look how she turned the world upside down by making one simple statement ...” ― Calvin Miller
Matthew 2:2 NLT
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
My prayer is that we see and seize opportunities to make Christmas real for us and others. When the world is swirling around materialism and selfishness, we must focus on and celebrate the only one that is continuing to change the world. That is the Jesus. That is the prince of peace. That is the king of the Jews. That is the one, the only one that the Shepherds ran to see and the Magi trekked to worship.
Christmas may be three weeks away, but the reality of Christmas is to be celebrated daily with passion because the Christ of Christmas is the Jesus of the cross and the Savior of my soul and yours.
Make much of Christmas. Make much of Jesus!