Hollywood, and the many less endowed producers of our day, have created a number of films and animations that suggest some sort of magical power associated with Christmas celebrities. Folklore and tradition have propagated the same fantasies for centuries. Hey, it sells product and provides a seasonal venue for promoting the new ideas and isms of greedy and deceitful men. Cozy traditions are utilized to produce cute or sensational drama that both entertain, and play on our emotions. Underlying motives are hidden by masterfully orchestrated technological wizardry.
In reality, Christmas is the simple celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, who came to offer spiritual light and life to a world steeped in sin. No magic is needed to make this historic event worthy of our celebration, nevertheless, the real story of Christ’s birth, life and ministry are replete with supernatural signatures of the Almighty. The miracles surrounding Jesus’ birth are God’s testimony of His unique relationship with His Son, the Babe in the Manger. The prophets foretold that He would be born in a little village called Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). God marked the uniqueness of His person by causing him to be conceived in the womb of a virgin (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14). A star would later lead wisemen from the orient to the place where He abode as a little boy (Matthew 2:2). And much of the life of Jesus was prophesied centuries before He was born.
This babe in the manger was the Light of the World, revealing God’s truth and love to a fallen creation that He would not abandon. Through Jesus’ bloody death, His burial and resurrection, forgiveness was purchased for every soul that would inhabit the earth from the beginning to the end of time. This forgiveness is offered to you as a gift, but like any gift, it must be received.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12)” “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. (John 3:16)”