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December 29, 2012

“…behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying ‘Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His Star in the East, and are come to worship Him’.” – Matthew 2:1-2


The recorded history of this world stretches back some 6,000 years, beginning with the invention of the first written language: the cunieform of ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia. Other forms of writing would be invented later: Mesoamerican, Egyptian, Chinese, etc; all evolving into the languages of the modern world. Down throughout the ages, these languages have documented all the events, wars, disasters, victories, defeats, evils, and goodness that have shaped our history into the present. But the simple truth is that none of these records carried as much importance as these words: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:12)


From that moment in time everything changed. Everything. I’ve often wondered: can you imagine standing there the night that Star burned in the Eastern sky above Bethlehem? To know what it portended? To realize, in your heart of hearts that the King is here! What joy, what peace did those wise men and shepherds feel when they gazed upon the Lord of Lords? What sorrow at the knowledge of the sacrifice He must bear? Yet, with what joy in the knowledge of victory that sacrifice would purchase? Honestly, I imagine that it must have felt much the same as that which any Child of God feels when they accept Christ into their hearts: that speechless awe you feel in His Presence – the thrill of victory you feel when you can finally proclaim in your life that the King is here! “Saying, ‘Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest’.” (Luke 19:38)


When you celebrate Christmas, what is it exactly that you are celebrating? You know, you see all sorts of movies and TV shows and books that expound on the ‘true meaning of Christmas’; usually with exhortation on family, charity, or peace. And while these are all truly wonderful things, the true meaning of Christmas as I see it, is this: that on that night some 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh, was born into this world; and with Him was born the beginning of my salvation. That night the promise of healing in my life was born; my promise of peace, of prosperity, and of victory. You might say, ‘but you weren’t even alive!’…and you’d be right. But even though I wasn’t, all my hopes and promises were: the birth of Christ laid the foundation that all the grace in my life was built upon, “for other foundation can no man lay than is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I Cor. 3:11)


Because that is what we celebrate when we celebrate Christmas: we are rejoicing that God loved us so much that – centuries before we were even born – He made sure that our lives would be blessed; that we would have the assurance of His mercy and grace…and that we would have the promise of His salvation. Realize how personal it is: realize that not only was the Savior born, but that your Savior was born. That joy you felt when you were saved, that peace you feel when you pray, the comfort and power that fills you alongside the Holy Spirit…all these things were born that first Christmas night. From the manger to the cross, He was born, lived, died, and risen again all for you! “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that we might not perish, but have everlasting life!” (John 3:16).


And if, this Christmas, you do not know Christ, then please take the opportunity to open your heart to Him; to take the free gift that He offers – the gift which He has been offering to you thousands of years before you even existed. Realize that the child born that night was born to die…so that we might live eternally. This Christmas, let us honor His sacrifice; let us bow our heads, open our hearts, and praise our Lord Jesus Christ for His wonderful mercy and grace. Happy Birthday, Jesus, and thank you for everything!


“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:13-14


Be blessed,



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