It brought salvation to all of us. Get to know others seeking God’s guidance and wisdom for life. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. The Rev. One theory is it was a nova, or an explosion of a white dwarf star - one was recorded by Chinese astrologers in 5BC. "This is a good time for service," Gant said. I know people just say that sometimes. A child was born in humble circumstances and his sacrificial death reflected the same, however, both were significant for humanity. Children get excited and giddy anticipating Christmas Day. Gant also plans to encourage his congregation to give of their time throughout the year. 28 (1889): The phrase is especially associated with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843), in which an old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge is taught the true meaning of Christmas by three ghostly visitors who review his past and foretell his future. It's a phrase that gets thrown around this time of year, but what does it mean? Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. by the power of his body It's a phrase that gets thrown around this time of year, but what does it mean? When Was Jesus Born? Jesus Is the Reason for the Season! ~. the immortality of our spirits Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it A lovely story, superbly presented, of the true meaning of Christmas retold by Santa. It wasn't 2017 years ago, or on 25th December. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The Bible is full of Scripture pointing directly to the One who would save mankind from their sins. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. ", "Christmas is about giving and not receiving. Source:  Wilehelm Loehe, Agende für christliche Gemeinden des lutherischen Bekenntnisses, 1844. What Are the Different End Times Opinions Amongst Denominations? When fall has given way to winter and snow covers the ground while lights twinkle from house to house, you know Christmas is coming. Gant said the Christmas season is a time for believers to give themselves fully to God and to share God's blessings with others. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. The true meaning of Christmas often gets lost in the rush of the season: the shopping, the parties, the baking, and the wrapping of presents. To Christians no. This very act of humility and his choice to die on the cross is cause for bowed knees and lifted hands. There's actually an 8th-century text which is claimed to be the Magi's own version of events . Can God change your life? (NIV). "We believe in a giving up of yourself from a physical and spiritual stance," Bernstine said. The Story of Christmas tool will help you take your children on a journey to the heart of Christmas. Huertas said the power of spirit can help transform hurt into forgiveness. © 2020 www.shreveporttimes.com. Without the death of Christ, salvation isn’t possible. I was really upset and I acted like a little baby. It's not as simple as you'd think. It was the beginning of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. I know the busyness of the season can cause time to fly and before we know it, the holiday has passed and we have forgotten to celebrate why we are celebrating it in the first place. The traditional image is of baby Jesus lying in a manger surrounded by shepherds, oxen, asses, and three Wise men. So without His birth, neither is it possible. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Why did He come? Most people can tell you the origins of Christmas—that it’s a remembrance of the birth of Christ. Davis said Christmas is a time for dreams — in particular, God's dream for the human family to live in peace and goodwill. Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Just as a child is born to us and a Son is given to us, It's a time of the year to reach out and help people," Gant said. Amen. I wish that all your joys and wishes will come true. Christians began to see the secularization of the celebration day of the birth of Christ as the shift toward Santa Claus and gift exchanging replaced the celebration of the advent of Christ and giving to the poor and needy without expectation of receiving anything in return. Joe R. Gant, of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport, said his Christmas sermon this year is titled "The Joy of Christian Giving. 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Also, three wisemen visited Jesus and brought gifts as well. This means that despite the death and difficulties of life, there is always the hope of new life.". alexa.talamo@shreveporttimes.com. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p.17 #1. Christians began to see the secularization of the celebration day of the birth of Christ as the shift toward Santa Claus and gift exchanging replaced the celebration of the advent of Christ and giving to the poor and needy without expectation of receiving anything in return. The Roman Catholic Church chose the date in the 4th century as it was already a pagan feast day. The topic was taken up by satirists such as Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer during the 1950s and eventually by the influential TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, first aired in 1965 and repeated every year since. "No Christ, no Christmas," said Rev. While keeping Jesus Christ at the center of their sermons, local Christian ministers also plan to share messages of Christmas being a time for giving, peace and mercy. "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown," says Linus van Pelt, referring to the birth of Christ. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. The phrase found its way into the 2003 Urbi et Orbi address of Pope John Paul II, "The crib and the tree: precious symbols, which hand down in time the true meaning of Christmas! The Book of Ecclesiastes states, "To every thing there is a season." God sent his only son to be the atonement for all our sins so that we would not be separated from God. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. Our. The Real Meaning Of Christmas By Martha Noebel. Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. ~, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. I can take my time, my talent, my abilities. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). redeems us from the old slavery Christmas means different things to us all, but there was a place it all started, Join the Secret Elves to discover the best shopping deals and things to do this Christmas. It brought salvation to all of us. For Christians, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the Savior, Jesus Christ. "Our salvation depends on it. one God, Christmas truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year. This is a good story for a Christmas assembly. Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.