“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:11 KJV
“This very day, in the town of David, there was born for you a Deliverer who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Luke 2:11 CJB
The Greek word sōtēr means Savior or Deliverer and refers to a Savior or Deliverer from God sent to deliver all humanity. Anyone willing to accept Jesus as the Messiah, or the anointed of God, will be saved and have eternal life. That Savior is what Christmas is all about. We celebrate His birth (whether it’s the actual date of his birth or not), we celebrate God willingly becoming a human baby, so that He would one day willingly sacrifice Himself for us. We serve an awesome God!
When we celebrate Jesus Birth, let’s have a great time with the gifts and food and fellowship with family and friends, but don’t forget to worship our Lord somewhere in that revelry. Celebrate with a prayer thanking God for the food, read aloud the true history of our Saviors birth from Luke 2, or his early childhood in Matthew 2. Take time to share aloud what you are thankful for with each family member or friend participating. I’m sure you can think of other ways too. The important thing is to remember the reason we celebrate – remember our Lord and Savior – celebrate Jesus’ birth. Jesus is the reason for the season. Let’s keep Christ as the center piece of our Christmas celebration.
The rest is gravy; the giving of gifts, remembering the gifts given to the Christ child by the magi – wise men, the food which is a traditional feast of remembrance. People worldwide celebrate with feasting. We decorate the house with things that reminds us of Christ; evergreen trees representing eternal life, ornaments representing gifts, lights representing the “Light of the World” Jesus. We display nativity scenes in remembrance of that blessed day of our Savior’s birth. We display holy wreaths representing His crown of thorns with the red berries representing His precious blood, shed for us, and evergreen wreaths that represent peace and eternal life. It’s truly an amazing time. Enjoy it!