Passing on the Christmas Story
My parents used to say that as a boy I would insist I saw a star Christmas Eve night that stood out from all the others. Wishful thinking on my part no doubt, but I am grateful at a young age we did go to church and had some knowledge of the Bible even though I was not a Christian until the age of eighteen. Thanks to them my conception of Christmas early on was not limited to Santa, the Grinch or Charlie Brown ! Somewhere along the line the account of Matthew had been taught, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.” (Mt.2:1-2).
As Christmas approaches make it a part of your celebration to include the biblical account of Christmas. Let young children know by reading and telling the stories exactly what happened then at that first Christmas and what it’s truly all about. Not only are you informing the next generation and passing down truth and fortifying their hearts spiritually but you are reminding yourself of the meaning of it all too ! The Lord knows we are all too quick to forget the grand lessons of His Word. Deuteronomy means “repetition of the Law or Word”, the Lord’s Supper though simple in its message is mandated by God to be repeated in our churches since we are so prone to forget that God does love us so. So whatever it is that you do at your home and with your family take some time to somehow, some way look at the real Christmas story. Whether it’s heading off to a good church to hear it again or read Matthew 1, Luke 2, for example, in the privacy of your home, or read it as a family asking questions and taking a little time to talk about it and think about it – that is time and effort never wasted and makes for a merrier Christmas indeed !! Learn it well so God can use you to pass it on !!!!
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