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Some people think they don't have much to celebrate this year because money is tight and presents are few, but I'm not celebrating presents, are you?
Some celebrate Santa Claus, Frosty and a Winter Wonderland, and although those are fun stories and songs, that is not what I celebrate either.
Some celebrate holidays, time off with friends and family. Some celebrate supposedly holy days filled with religious tradition and ceremonies, concentrating on the virgin Mary and a baby still in the cradle. Although I am always glad to have holidays and spend them with friends and family and although I appreciate that Mary was a blessed woman who is a good example to us in her obedience to the will of God, I am not celebrating holidays or Mary.
I will tell you why I celebrate at this time of year and in fact all year long. I rejoice that God loves me and sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be my Saviour.
I celebrate at this time of year in memory of His birth. I know most in likely Jesus was not born December 25th, but He was born! I know that for a fact.
I celebrate because Jesus isn't still a babe in a manger. He was born without sin and then He grew up and lived His whole life without sin.
I celebrate because then after living a sinless life, He took my sin on Himself, and took my punishment for that sin and He died. He died on the cross shedding His blood that my sin could be washed away and I could be reconciled to God through Him,. I celebrate because Jesus took my sin and gives me His righteousness.
I celebrate because Jesus didn't stay dead. On the 3rd day He arose bodily from the grave in victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave and that victory is mine in Christ Jesus! I have a living Saviour who loves me, who gave Himself for me, and who saved me when I believed and trusted Him.
I celebrate because the first coming of Jesus is past and He accomplished what He came to do. I celebrate because His second coming is closer today than yesterday and could happen any minute. I celebrate because soon I will see my Saviour, my best friend, my Lord, face to face and be with Him throughout eternity.
I celebrate because He didn't just do this for me, but for you also. You can know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour if you will believe and trust Him. Then you will have cause to really celebrate, not just at Christmas, the the whole year through too.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.