Sunday, 6 December 2009

Celebrate Christmas

Celebrate Christmas
Matthew 1:23 ……. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" — which means, "God with us."
In a world that is desperately searching for answers, we have made a good job of hiding Jesus.
We have successfully removed Him from our western schools and a long time ago we put an ‘x’ where His name should be in ‘Christmas’. There is now a move afoot to remove the traditional festive greeting, “Merry Christmas”, from our vocabulary and replace it with “happy holidays”.
What about the subtle rise in unsubtly decorating our homes, gardens and Christmas cards with icons of the ‘counterfeit trinity’; ‘Father’ Christmas, the snow-‘man’ and the ‘fairy’ lights that shine with electric glory (when they work!)? Please do not misunderstand me, I love Christmas decorations that enhance the joy of the festive season but Jesus not Santa, snowmen, lights and tinsel must remain the real focus of Christmas.
For fear of offending our anti-Christ society we have resorted to tip-toeing around on the egg shells of political correctness. Other faiths are laughing at Christians because they would never dream of making such compromises.
It is time to stand up for Jesus and shout His name from the rooftops. Christmas is all about the Christ.
He is alive, He is here and He is Lord of all; Immanuel – God with us. A child was miraculously born around this time 2000 years ago. In the space of His tragically short time as God incarnate and through His death and resurrection He became the Lord of all.
He conquered sin and death for all mankind and made a way from earth to heaven for those who believe in Him.
If He is your Lord why not let the world know. Let us make these holidays happy for a miserable world by celebrating the birth of Jesus and declaring with one enthusiastic voice, “Merry Christmas”.
Powerful and amazing Lord Jesus, You are the Champion of the World at Christmas and all the year round. Amen

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