The Reason for the Season

Whether you celebrate Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere winter

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or the Southern Hemisphere Summer

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or somewhere in between where you only have two seasons the underlying reason for celebration is the same. It has nothing to do with Santa, Stockings, Fairy Lights, Christmas Trees or spending too much on presents and food. It is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, whether he was born in December or not. Why is this event so significant?

Let me take you back to the very beginning…

In the beginning there was God and the universe was yet to begin. In six days, God created the world, culminating with the creation of man and woman in his own image. God saw that it was good and then took a day (the seventh day) to enjoy what he created. Unfortunately, the first woman (Eve) and the first man (Adam) committed the first sin (bad act) and were banished from Gods presence, along with all those who descended from their union. But God had a plan to bring people back into His presence (or relationship with Him). At the appropriate time he sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten son[1], Immanuel (God is with us) to earth as a baby. A defenseless baby ,who grew up to show us for approximately three years how we are to live and then died on a cross, in submission to God the Fathers will, only to rise three days later, defeating death and allow us a way for our sins to be forgiven and a way back to the presence of God.

At Christmas it is Immanuel’s birth that we celebrate tinged with the knowledge that Christ eventually died and rose again so that we (all of us) have the ability to be in the presence of God, if we so choose.

Praise be to God!

[1] John 3:16

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