In the midst of the hectic shopping season, a frustrated gentleman was overheard remarking, "They ought to kill the guy who's responsible for this!"
To this, another shopper quietly replied, "They did."
The significance of Christmas does not lie in a cradle, but in a cross.
The angels proclaimed his birth saying, "Unto you is born this day, a Savior. . ." He came to save us!
If the world had just needed a better education, God would have sent a teacher.
If the world had only needed some encouragement, God would have sent a motivational speaker.
If the world merely needed emotional stabilization, God would have sent a psychotherapist.
If the world needed a better social order, God would have sent a politician, or perhaps, a general.
But God sent Jesus to this earth as a lowly little baby -- to be our Savior. He came to save us -- from our sins, our situations and ourselves.
Forgiveness is the greatest need of the human soul, and Jesus Christ entered our world to bring it.
My nephew, Rodney, lived in South Korea for a while. He was astonished to discover the South Koreans don't celebrate Christmas the way we do. There are hardly any decorations. People don't put up Christmas trees, and Christmas songs are not played on the airwaves. His English class sat in rapt attention when he described all the things Americans do during the holiday season. Then he asked, "What do you do for Christmas?" They all replied with the same answer, "We go to church."
Although I love the Christmas enthusiasm around here, I can't help but wonder if the Koreans have figured out something that we're missing.
Christmas started in the heart of God and concludes in the hearts of His people.
We need to remember the deeper meaning of the season and keep Christ in Christmas.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!