This time of year, many people are consumed with getting and giving presents. Let’s don’t forget the real meaning of Christmas!
The real story is that the God chose to provide a means for man’s redemption from the just penalty of our sin. He could have done it any way, but He chose to humble himself and take the form of a man. Living on earth among His creation, He gave the ultimate demonstration of His love for us by giving up His life here on earth that we might live eternally with Him if we a recognize our sin and repent.
It is not we do but what has been done for us. It is not by the will or blood of man but by the will of God.
1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Source: Bible Hub – English Standard Version