jesus is the reason

Is the season the reason for your celebration?

Has this turned into a season without a reason?

Such questions to ponder….

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus Christ commands us to celebrate one thing and that was to always remember His sacrifice on the cross.  There is no command to celebrate Christmas or a specific birth date.   I know that God does not mind that we do celebrate Christmas because it brings glory to the name of Jesus.   Even though historical evidence points to another time of the year for Jesus birth, I feel it’s OK that we celebrate it on December 25th.  No bah hum-bug here!   We  Christians do celebrate Christmas and we’re just so excited that Jesus Christ came to save mankind!

It was a tremendous event….Jesus Christ the Son of God being born to a virgin woman which began one of the greatest events known to mankind.   This great event made it possible for us sinful human beings to have our original sin removed from us and to be put right with the God of the entire universe!  This was all made possible through Jesus Christ birth, death and resurrection.    This is what’s called….Good News for all mankind AKA the world!

So Christmas is a truly wonderful holiday for a Christian to celebrate.  I love the lights, music, food and all the trimmings of the holiday but Jesus Christ is always first and foremost in mind heart and mind.

When my husband and I was raising our 6 kids after we became a committed Christian in 1984…we changed our story of how they got their gifts and now told our children that Jesus provided their gifts.   My husband and I also decided that we would open all our gifts on Christmas Eve.    This was our family’s new tradition that included prayer and a very special family time of togetherness.  Christmas day was a big family dinner with Birthday cake for Jesus and included singing Happy Birthday to Him.  The whole day was Jesus day alone.  This was now a Nemley family tradition.  Our 6 kids knew that our main focus was on Jesus and yet we still enjoyed all the trimmings too.

Many people celebrate Christmas and Easter and that’s good.    For me..…I celebrate Jesus Christ birth, death and resurrection throughout my daily walk with Jesus Christ… all day and night, 365 days a year and this will be for the rest of my life.  For me… every day is a holiday with Jesus!

They always say…”Jesus is the reason for the season” and I would like to add….”Jesus is the reason for all seasons”.

My holiday tips:

  1. Keep Jesus on the top of Christmas… not Christmas and then Jesus.
  2. Be wise in spending…don’t go overboard.
  3. Be modest in all you do…keep a balance.
  4. Let your light shine, so Jesus will come through in your celebrations to others.
  5. Bless someone in some way…many have lost love ones or suffer from depression at this time.
  6. Find alone time for prayer.  Your spirit will need this to survive Christmas… and really everyday!
  7. Remember to thank God for the gift of sending His only Son.

Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

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