The Who of Christmas


Imagine coming to a birthday party where the host is disregarded and the celebrant is unknown, ignored or forgotten. That's a Christmas party where Christ is not the reason for the celebration.

Christmas has come as a time for candid exchanges of pleasantries (even with strangers) and between people who may have conflicting beliefs, traditions or cultures. While suicide rates generally tend to be lower during Christmastime, numbers increase as soon as all the merry making is over. How so?

While people may not forget the when of Christmas, the who of Christmas is unfortunately a neglected or minimized fact. A person who may have received a lot of gifts or attended a lot of parties may still feel unloved, uncared for and lonely when he or she doesn't know or forgets the who of Christmas.

Who Christmas is about is more significant than everything else. He came. He lived. He suffered. He died. He rose again. Because He loves you and me. Knowing Him helps us understand the why. Who is He?

His name is usually replaced with "X" in rushed greeting cards or gift tags. Many skeptics and great minds have investigated to prove His story was a hoax but they failed. Faith in Him is said to be the reason behind many changed lives. A relationship with Him is believed to bring about a transformation that moves people to reach out and genuinely care about others. His love is written not just in the pages of the Bible but in the lives of those who follow Him.

He has many names, one being "Emmanuel" meaning "God with us." He, the Son of God, came to the world through virgin birth, and trusting in Him, the Messiah, saves people from their sins. The great "I AM," (Exodus 3:14) He is...
...the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:15-18)
Angels sang of His birth:
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is CHRIST, the LORD...Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. (Luke 2:11,14)

We all want to be accepted, be loved, have peace and find favor. No matter how we try or how much we seek, none of the world's greatest people, shiny gifts and accolades can compare to the satisfaction that only CHRIST can give. He loves you. He longs for you. He remembers you.

May we remember Him today and everyday and may His favor rest on us all the way!! Merry CHRISTmas!!

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