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Thursday, December 22, 2016

When Is Christmas?

Some say Christ wasn’t born on December 25th. They claim Christians took the date from a Roman holiday to rival the pagan feasts that took place during the Winter Solstice. This occasion honored a new age brought by the sun. Depending on location, the Winter Solstice occurs on or around December 25th. However, the date pales in the significance of Christ’s life. It’s His arrival, Gospel of love and unconditional sacrifice that massive numbers of Christians around the world celebrate each year on December 25th.

Christ is born!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2: 8 – 11). (Photo courtesy of Google images)

Christ’s Gospel of Love! 

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question. Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:  34- 40)
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Christ’s Unconditional Sacrifice!

 “Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life.’” (Matthew 20: 17 – 18) (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Christ’s sacrifice done! His gift, eternal life, given!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” ( John 3: 16 – 17) (Photo courtesy of Google images)

"Where, O death, is your 
Where, O death, is your sting?"
(I Corinthians 15: 55)

Christ lives today! Christmas is when we open our hearts to Him!

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 20)
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Celebrate the birth! 
Honor the name, CHRIST, our Savior! 
Sing it! Say it! Praise it! Shout it!


Page said...

Excellent post re Christmas :)

Happy New Year to you and your family

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Page,

Thanks for coming by to read the Christmas post!

Happy New Year to you and your family also.