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Let Us Not Neglect The One Whose Birth We Celebrate At Christmas

Published on 12/23/2016
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Let Us Not Neglect The One Whose Birth We Celebrate At Christmas

     Although there are those who seek to have Nativity scenes banned from public places, and who get offended when somebody dares to say “Merry Christmas,” nevertheless I will gladly write this post about the One whom I recognize as my Lord and Savior.

     The weeks leading up to Christmas have come to be hectic ones as millions of us shop, both online and off, for gifts to give one another. We also sometimes pause and think about those who won't receive much in the way of gifts, and may not even have adequate shelter or food, so we tend to donate more to charities at this time of year.

     However, we also are apt to get stressed out by the extra traffic on the roads, the packed parking lots, and the crowded lines at the malls. Much of the time any thoughts of Whose birth we celebrate are far from our minds. Even on Christmas morning we can be so delighted (or disappointed) with the gifts we get, that thinking about Jesus gets very much neglected.

     So I'd like you to take a few moments to read the following passage of scripture that has to do with the One whose birth should be the real focus of Christmas. In it you will read such things about Jesus Christ such as “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” and “all things were created through him and for him.” Such things are worth thinking about any day, and especially on the day that bears His name, Christmas.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.  (Col 1:13-23)  ESV

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