The Christmas Season is Upon Us!

The Christmas Season is once again upon us. It seems just like yesterday the family was here sharing gifts, sharing laughter, sharing love. Of course these things ought to be shared all year around, right? Absolutely! God gave us family at least in part for the purpose of sharing not only laughter, love, and gifts, but our very lives. No doubt, in a couple of weeks the troops will be trucking in for another round. Who knows? It may be the last celebration this side of Heaven. But since we ought to be giving, laughing, and loving all year, not just on a particular day, there must be something special about the Christmas season.

And here we are. Christmas 2011--Wow! How far have we come from the true purpose of the day? I was listening to some Christmas music the other day while I was out and about. Not one mention of Jesus, but every song was either about Santa Clause, or made a reference to him. If not Santa, maybe a snowman or two. I may not be quoting this word for word, but you'll get the idea--"...In the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that it is Parson Brown. He'll say are you married? We'll say, 'no man, but you can do the job when you're in town.' Later on we'll conspire as we lay by the fire...." I know some will just miss the point and rationalize asking, "so what?" But it sounds a little bit to me like someone is sneaking fornication (or perhaps adultery) into the Christmas celebration--and we just accept it, don't even think twice about it. The holiness and purity of Christ has just been trodden under foot.

How far have we come from the true meaning of Christmas? Every house on our street has all kinds of Christmas decorations in a yearly effort to outdo the "Jones". Stores are packed with lights and bulbs, reindeer, and Christmas trees, but where can you find a nativity for the front lawn?

For years now, The ring of "Happy Holidays" has replaced "Merry Christmas" on the lips of the "politically correct". Now the Christmas tree is being replaced with the "Holiday tree". I don't see where Christmas is necessarily a holiday. It is the remembrance of the incarnation of Christ. It's not like Martin Luther King Day or Columbus Day when government offices and schools close to celebrate a man's achievement. But try getting Good Friday off from work sometime--bet you don't! Not to take away from Martin Luther King or Christopher Columbus, but neither was the Savior of the world. Yet they have their special day. We have robbed God of the glory due Him and given it to mortal men--or maybe to elves.

A few recognize Christmas as the remembrance of the birth of Christ. We're getting closer, but we must remember that Christ existed in Heaven in eternity past. What really took place on that first Christmas some 2,000 years ago was nothing short of the grace of God.

That first Christmas was about Emmanuel, God with us, the very Son of God taking on human flesh. Why? So He could die. The Christmas story isn't complete without the death, burial, and resurrection of Emmanuel. It was His bloody death that enabled you to be brought back into right fellowship with the God of the Universe. It was His resurrection that ensures the victory.

We have it backwards. We think everything is about us. We think that Jesus died so we could be forgiven and continue to live a comfortable life--sin and all. We think that God is a big sugar daddy in the sky waiting to give us our heart's desire. Adding Jesus to our life when He was meant to be our life is just another direction of humanism. Yes, in so many ways 21st Century Christianity has become just an expression of humanism with a religious cloak.

CHRISTtmas is all about CHRIST. Where does He fit into your Christmas plans? The first Christmas was a time of worship as the shepherds made their way to the stable that night. A few years later as the wise men came, their sole intent was to worship. Worship has changed over the years, over the centuries, but the purpose of the Day is still the same.

This Christmas, won't you give Jesus Christ what is rightfully His. It doesn't belong to anyone else!


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Borntoblaze 4 years ago from Washington State

I like all things Christian, I am a Christian Thank you


Eddie-Perkins 4 years ago

I appreciate your heart in this hub my Brother in Christ. Please have a blessed Christmas.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Thanks Lifegate for another good Hub. May we all remember the One who is the reason for this wonderful season. And may Jesus Christ receive all the glory for what He has done for us.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Borntoblaze,

Thanks for the visit. Glad you stopped by. Hope you'll come back again.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Eddie,

And a blessed Christmas to you as well. Btw,I really like your new profile pic.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

GodTalk,

There's only one reason for this wonderful season--and we both know who that is. Thanks for stopping by.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

lifegate Blessings my brother. You have a precious, beautiful family. May Gods Grace abound in you and yours this season and always in Christ Jesus, lifegate. Up Up Up on your writing.

I weep now because of how vast the ignorance and or worse the denial of the Living Christ in the world today.

The hurting and suffering in Christ is but for a time joy will come in the morning. I pray Christmas brings forth fruit and harvest to those in Christ that are facing most difficult times and hardship today. Let us keep our eyes on our Savior born in the manger and not on what we do not have in the world. We have Salvation given by the babe in the manger Jesus, the most beautiful gift one could ever have, Amen.

Keep the waters flowing brother. I know you will. Phil 4:13. I am back at the hubs I have been on a one on one with Christ. Praise the Lord bro. Hope to get His words that are burning in me to words for others, soon. All for His Glory. Merry Christmas brother. Hugs your sis in Jesus.


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creativeone59 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Lifegate, thank you so much your true words of wisdom about the meaning of celebration of Christmas. God bless you and yours through out the year. God. creativeone5 9


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Skye,

Good to hear from you! A one on one with Jesus is definitely more worthwhile than the hubs, but still the message needs to go out. Glad you're back. Have a wonderful CHRISTmas!


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CO,

Glad you stopped by! Wishing you the best this Christmas season as remember together what it's all about!


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Abrushing1968 4 years ago from USA- Florida

You said" We have it backwards. We think everything is about us. We think that Jesus died so we could be forgiven and continue to live a comfortable life--sin and all. We think that God is a big sugar daddy in the sky waiting to give us our heart's desire. Adding Jesus to our life when He was meant to be our life is just another direction of humanism. Yes, in so many ways 21st Century Christianity has become just an expression of humanism with a religious cloak."

I do so heartily agree brother. Glad your out there.

Great words from a great Hub.

In Christ

ABR


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Well written and from a heart of love. Christmas greetings my friend to you and yours. My His light shine brightly through our lives as we celebrate again His coming. Voted up and beautiful.

blessings...


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Abrushing,

21st century Christianity for the most part, isn't even Christianity anymore. We've traded the person of Christ for a name. I believe God is very displeased with us.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Samsons,

Thanks for the vote. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours and a wonderful New Year, too.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great reminder for all of us. Jesus is the reason for the season. He must remain unrivalled in our hearts. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas. Best regards.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Right on. Very true. The " Christmas " celebration is mostly about " us".

Apparently, lethargies towards God's gift of redemption spare some room for christianism to boast of "we want Christ -in -" mus ", Instead of just ( happy Halliday ). And , by-the-way job well done...

Anything and who knows what all about is " celebrated " but 'Joy to the world...' A Paganism inherited from that " first time December 25th "

Saturnalia's tradition is well established.

You have made very good points in your article . Since you have an un opposing assembly of listeners to spread the Truth about the Emmanuel , go for it .

Voted up and interesting.

Shalom


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

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