John 1:1-14, KJV: “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 3:1-21, KJV: “1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
What is Christmas really about? There's the secular side of it, which is all about Santa and his reindeer, the feeling you get when you see the lights, the trees, and more, and believing in "magic" of Christmas. But none of that is reality.
The reality, though, is the true meaning of Christmas, which is summed up in one verse: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," Romans 5:8. If He didn't come to us in the world, then He wouldn't have been able to die and to resurrect for us, taking our sins and making us whole again.
So, Christmas is summarized in the love that Christ demonstrated to us by dying on the cross. That's the meaning of Christmas, that "...the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost," Luke 19:10.
There's one more question that remains: Do you know Jesus? In other words, do you know that when you die, you will hear the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord" (Matthew 25:21)?
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