Saturday, 17 February 2018

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Christmas - It's All About Jesus

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The other day I heard someone say that Christmas is the “biggest and grandest birthday party ever!”  How true is that?  Here it is some 2000 years after Jesus’ birth and people go all out to celebrate this glorious gift of God!  No matter the “Nay Sayers;” when you get down to the “nitty-gritty” and any way you want to “slice the ole pie” it boils down to just one undeniable fact: this season is all about remembering God’s greatest gift to mankind: The gift of JESUS.  Some say that much of our Holiday traditions have come out of pagan roots but there is much in this Holiday (Holy Day) that is a reflection of Jesus.  I do not think it is by accident that some of our traditions have come about because they point to Jesus telling a story to all who will open their hearts and listen.  Most everyone I know celebrates Christmas.  Though we don’t always focus on or want to admit that Christmas is all about Jesus, still the message of His Love, His Peace, and His Hope shines bright and clear for all to see in this most wondrous season. 

Let us look at just a few of the traditions that tell a story and are a reflection of Jesus Christ: Giving is the absolute central theme of Christmas and it all started when God gave His only begotten Son.  During this time of year giving and sharing with others flows abundantly and hearts are open.  Stores experience their biggest sales during the Christmas season.  However, giving doesn’t stop at people buying gifts.  People come together and work hard to do extra special things for others.  People give freely of themselves, not just money but also of time, care and love.  Some people do focus way too much on Santa rather than on Christ but even the central theme of Santa is all about giving.  Though some of the beliefs regarding Santa are from pagan beginnings we find in history a devout man of God that some of our Santa traditions stem from.  His name was Saint Nicholas of Myra and he was famous for his generous gifts to the poor.  History tells us he was a man that devoted his entire life to Christianity; his giving stemmed from his love for Christ.  All true giving stems from love and God is Love.  Throughout the Christmas  season there is a constant theme: Giving, giving, giving; sharing, sharing, sharing; just as God gave us His Son, Jesus Christ because He loved us. 

Next are the lights representing that Jesus is the Light of the world.  Legend tells us that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees. One crisp Christmas Eve, Martin Luther was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of the branches on a group of small evergreens; they were dusted with snow and shimmered in the moonlight. When Martin Luther got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated the tree with candles, which he lit in honor of Christ's birth.  Today there are Christmas lights of every imaginable type which we use to decorate trees, homes and businesses.  I absolutely love Christmas lights, when I was a child my parents would bring us “light looking,” it was one of my favorite times at Christmas.  I carried on this tradition with my children.  I still find joy in seeing houses and businesses decorated with beautiful lights, reminding me of Jesus.  He is my light and He has given me light!  While holding Jesus, Simeon spoke these words in Luke 2: 30-32 “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”  Everywhere people share their Christmas lights with us just as we are commissioned to share the Light of the World with others.  We all need to turn our lights on; bringing His light and joy to others.  Then, when people go “light looking” they will find that we have our “lights on” for all to see Christ through us.

            Holly and Christmas trees, which are both evergreens, are symbols of eternal life.  Holly and evergreen trees stay green year around, which represents that He is eternal, He is forever faithful and He changes not.  Holly has little red berries which represents the blood of Jesus.  Because of the shed blood of Jesus we can have eternal life, which is God’s gift to us.

We also have the Poinsetta called “Flores de Noche Buena” ~ “Flowers of the Holy Night.”  The Poinsetta has so many facets that point to Christ, it is the perfect flower to represent Christmas.  The poinsetta only blooms in white and red.  The white symbolizes the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus.  The red represents the Shed Blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of forgiveness for sins and of eternal life if we will put our trust in Him. The poinsettia plant stays green most of year representing Life.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the Life.  Joel Poinsett introduced the Poinsetta to the United States in 1825.  Poinsett was an occupational name for a maker or user of any pointed instrument, of poinson (LL punctio, ger. punctionis, from pungere, to pierce, punch).  Both the flower and the leaves are pointed, what a perfect name for the plant.  I think of the coincidence (or God-incidence) of this man, with this name, finding the “Flores de Noche Buena” and introducing it to the United States and  eventually becoming known as the poinsettia.  The name also meaning, “to pierce.”  Jesus was pierced and died for us.

And of course we have children’s all time favorite, the Candy Cane: candy canes are shaped like a shepherd’s staff.  If they are turned upside down, they form the letter J, Jesus our Shepherd.  The stripes are red and white reminding us that it is with His blood that we are washed.  Though our sins are as scarlet God washes them white as snow.  White also stands for purity, our God is pure and holy.  The reason God gave His only begotten Son was so we could have a Savior who would save us from our sins through the atoning blood of His sacrifice on the cross. 

Another really special thing I have noticed during this season is that it seems to be easier to share the love of Christ with others.  It is as if God just opens hearts everywhere.  Whether we show His love through the giving of gifts, Christmas cards, Christmas plays, caroling, or something as small as a kind word and a smile, we are sharing the love of Christ to others just as the angel told the Shepherds to do.  They glorified God and advertised throughout the country side what they had seen and heard.

It is no small wonder that Satan seems to work overtime during the Christmas season.  He doesn’t want Christ remembered in any way so he tries to darken the Holiday with depression, lies, hurt, discord, strife and all kinds of evil work.  However, he fails miserably because in the end God’s light shines through bright for all to see if we will but open our eyes.  We just need to take the time to look past all the things that want to blind us and distract us.  We must truly open our eyes and hearts to see His beauty in the midst of this most wondrous season.  The Christmas season is full of pictures that point to Him, opening our eyes to the fact that it truly is a season of being thankful to God for the greatest gift ever given to mankind.   

So this truly is the biggest and best birthday party ever!  It is amazing that Jesus made such a mark on this world so that centuries and centuries after His birth and death we would still be celebrating His birthday every Christmas season!  It is also amazing that all of time revolves around His birth and death.  He is the center of our calendar, as we know it: BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini ~ In The Year of Our Lord).  There is no other in all of history who has left such a mark on mankind.  This is just one more proof that He is who He says He is!

Just as the earth revolves around the sun so should our lives revolve around the Son, Jesus Christ.  He should be the center of our lives.  Let us carry Jesus in our hearts all throughout the coming year, letting His light and love shine forth for all to see.  I pray blessings to be upon you.  May His grace flow in your life.  May God Bless you beyond measure with his love, peace and joy, which only He can give.  Always remember that He loves you with an everlasting love.  He loves you beyond measure.  You are so special to His very heart.

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright December 2017 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire 

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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