merry christmas + reason for the season
Merry Christmas y’all! I hope that you are all having the most wonderful day with the people you love, celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! All holiday season I’ve loved putting together gift guides and sharing holiday outfits with y’all, but I feel like I’d be doing you a horrible injustice if I failed to mention the true reason for the gifts and the celebrating.
Yes, Christmas is truly such a magical time. The Christmas lights and the music and the presents and the travel…it is all so special and something to be cherished. The true magic behind this season though is this: that God sent His son Jesus to earth in the form of a baby, to live a perfect life on earth, and to die for our sins. God came down to rescue us from sin and restore to us the final joy for which we were made: to know and enjoy him.
I read this in my quiet time yesterday morning (New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp) and the truth sunk so deeply into my heart:
Look into that manger and see the One who came to die. Hear the angels’ song and remember that death would be the only way that peace would be given. Look at your tree and remember another tree – one not decorated with shining ornaments, but stained with the blood of the Son of God. As you celebrate, remember that the pathway to your celebration was the death of the One you celebrate, and be thankful.
Christ came to be the temporarily separated Son so that we can be the eternally accepted children of God. Now, that’s a story worth celebrating!
I pray that you have the merriest of Christmases and always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season – the reason for all of our hope and joy and peace! Merry Christmas!
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