Without Christ There Is No Christmas

courtesy pixabayIf someone asked us to explain Christmas, what would we tell them?

Would we start by explaining the Christmas tree, mistletoe, and Santa Claus? (Or as Lucy from the Peanuts gang might say, “Ho, ho, ho, mistletoe and pret-ty girls”?)

Or would we start with the brightly wrapped presents we give to each other?

Maybe we’d explain about families and friends gathering together for a festive celebration. Or mention the different customs across the world. Then again, maybe we’d mention Christmas plays, bells, and Handel’s Messiah.

How far down the list would it be before we mentioned the virgin birth of Jesus, God’s son born as a human baby who lived as a man, walked this earth, was falsely accused and sentenced to die a most horrible death through crucifixion to save us from our sins?

Hopefully, that would be at the top of our list. But at this time of year when so much of our time is spent in outward busyness, if people observed our activities and priorities, would they see Christ is what Christmas is all about and the reason we celebrate?

Without Jesus Christ there would be no angels singing Glory to God in the Highest.

There would be no shepherds bowing before a baby in a manger.

No wise men bringing the best gifts they had to offer to the future King.

Without Jesus Christ the Messiah there would be no Savior. There would be no salvation. No resurrection. No hope.

Simply put, without Christ there is no Christmas.

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That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened, but the angel reassured them.

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem! How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”

 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang, “and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”  Luke 2:8-14 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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What is Christmas?

courtesy pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

If someone had never heard of Christmas before and asked us, “What is Christmas?” how would we answer them?

I’ll give you a minute to think about that.

Would we start by explaining the Christmas tree, mistletoe, and Santa Claus? (Or as Lucy might say, “Ho, ho, ho, mistletoe and pret-ty girls?)

Or would we start with the brightly wrapped presents we give to each other?

courtesy pixabayMaybe we’d explain about families and friends gathering together for a festive celebration and the different customs across the world.

Then again, maybe we’d mention Christmas plays and concerts along with Handel’s Messiah.

How far down the list would it be before we mentioned the virgin birth of Jesus, God’s son, born as a human baby, who lived as a man, walked this earth, was falsely accused and sentenced to die a most horrible death through crucifixion to save us from our sins?

Hopefully, that would be at the top of our list, but at this time of year if people observed our activities and priorities, is that what they’d assume? Would they see Jesus holds the top spot in our lives?

As Kutless sings in the song below, what is Christmas if there never was a savior wrapped in a manger?

What is Christmas without Christ?

Without Jesus there would be no angels signing Glory to God in the Highest. No courtesy pixabay adoration of the shepherdsshepherds bowing before a baby in a manger. No wise men bringing the best gifts they had to offer.

Without Jesus there would be no salvation. No resurrection. No hope.

We celebrate because of Jesus.

And that, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.

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That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened, but the angel reassured them.

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem! How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”

 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”  Luke 2:8-14 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Jesus Carries Us

 

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Perhaps you are familiar with the poem, Footprints in the Sand?

According to the website of Mary Stevenson, she is the anonymous author of the poem said to be written in 1936. Wikipedia says there could be several other authors of the poem.

Seems confusion abounds as to who wrote the poem, but whoever did pen it left a clear description of Jesus’ love for us that states Jesus never leaves, and oftentimes carries us through our struggles.

The Apostle Paul tells us whenever we are weak that’s a good thing, because when we are weak, then the power of Jesus works in us to make us strong.

Our strength does not come through anything we could possibly do on our own.

Our strength comes because Jesus is carrying us.

While there may be confusion as to who indeed penned Footprints in the Sand, there should be no confusion, whatsoever, that Jesus Christ does indeed carry us when we are too weak and weary to make the journey on our own.

When we find ourselves in a difficult place might I suggest we do what Jesus asks us to do?

Lay our burdens on him. Cast our cares his way. Lean into him and be comforted by his promise to never leave or forsake us. Jump into his loving arms and allow him to carry us.

As the poem says, it is at our lowest, most trying times in life that Jesus picks us up and carries us, burdens and all, until we have the strength to walk beside him.

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Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall. Psalm 55:22 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Life Is Not Fair

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The older I get the more I realize life is not fair. No big revelation, there. Just an observation.

As children we often expected life to be fair and were shocked to find someone else was picked for a part in the play when it should be obvious to everyone around, we were the best choice. Sometimes that same mindset follows us into adulthood. “They got the promotion over me? How is that possible?”

But have there been times when you were actually glad, after the initial irritation wore off, that you didn’t get the part in the play, or the promotion? Probably.

That’s where God’s sovereignty comes in. That’s where trusting he knows what he’s doing comes in.

Because those of us who live in America don’t have a sovereign over us, that’s what our bingrevolution was about after all, it is sometimes difficult for us to submit to God’s sovereignty. Especially when life isn’t fair.

Right now several of my friends are going through some really rough stuff. One is suffering with pain and healing doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight. One’s kid made a bad choice that impacts the whole family adversely. One is struggling with the demands of a feeble family member and decisions that need to be made. One is caught between caring for an aged parent, adult child, and infant grandchild on her own.

bingLife doesn’t seem fair. Yet, none of these friends are wallowing around in self pity. None of them are accusing God of not doing things right. None of them are complaining.

What each of them is doing is hanging onto the truth. God is sovereign. He is good. He is faithful. He loves them and will never forsake them.

Even when the world is shaking around them.

If your life seems unfair right about now, hold onto truth. God is still good. He still loves you. He is still sovereign over us.

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The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.
 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours. Isaiah 55:8-9 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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