A Merry Christmas from MFP

Merry Christmas to all of you blog followers! I hope that today is filled with laughter, good food, sweet time with family and a lot of relaxation! Most importantly though, I hope that in the midst of the celebration, we are moved to consider the real reason for our joy. Presents are wonderful but they will not endure. Family is oh so sweet but we cannot hang on to our loved ones forever. Food is delicious but it too will not satisfy for long. All of the components of our Christmas celebration are momentary joys that will dissipate over time and they will not bring eternal satisfaction. That is why I am grateful for the truth that Christ is eternally enduring and His life gives us reason to celebrate that will extend not just through the length of our earthly days, but long after into the depths of eternity. His birth is made even more wonderful in light of the cross on which He died as a substitute for each one of us. His birth was quiet and humble but it was also overwhelmingly invasive for all of humanity as it monumentally changed the course of eternity for those that would choose Him. This time of year is often catch phrased with ‘The Magic of the Season’ and in many ways it is magical. But in so many more, this season is beautifully tangible in its implications for salvation. I hope that each one of us will stop in the midst of our Christmas celebrations, putting aside the new gifts and the joys of being together, to consider what is much more significant and enduring.

The birth of Jesus Christ. The reason for the season.

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” -Luke 2:9-14


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