THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
What a mystery that the birth of a little baby in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago has continued to be celebrated throughout the world ever since.
To some Christmas may be just a holiday but to Christians all over the world it has a whole different meaning.
What impact must that little baby have made that time itself is counted making reference to the year that Jesus Christ was born. The calendar makes reference as BC for “before Christ” and AD for the Latin phrase “anno domini” which means “in the year of our Lord.”
But beyond that, think of all the divine circumstances involved in his birth. First he was conceived out of wedlock, in a culture where women are to this day regularly stoned to death. He was announced to shepherds who at the time were regarded as little more than dirt. Turned away at the village inn and born in a stable. The Jews were expecting a king and he came as a pauper. The King of Kings born in a manger. How appropriate.
The birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ are “turning points” in world history. And they are a turning point in the life of those who believe. Because to us He is a savior, a ransom for humanity. My life changed on such a day, April 28th 1992.
You see before Christ came into my life I was a playboy and a wretched alcoholic self-medicating to find meaning in life. Living a life with no hope, lost in the world, without direction.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear
And put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.
Welcome Him this Christmas. He will change your life.