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Why we Celebrate Christmas

James Grayston

"26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her."

    (Luke Ch1 v26-38 NKJV)

Mary is an amazing example of a person who trusted in God. At the time the angel Gabriel comes to Mary it was completely unheard of for a woman to have a child outside of marriage, it would bring great shame to the family and according to the law Joseph would have the right to stone Mary as an adulteress. Yet Mary still had a willingness to serve (verse 38) because she had faith that God protect her and provide for her. While she questions how it will happen, she has faith that it will happen as nothing is impossible for God (verses 34,37).

But why did God send His only son to be born of a virgin? It was to save all of humanity from our sin

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21 NKJV

 So as you hurry about buying, wrapping receiving and giving this Christmas take even just a few minutes to remember and think about the real reason why we celebrate Christmas. We remember when God the father sent the Son to be the saviour of the world.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

II Corinthians 9:15 NKJV