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19th December 2020

Christmas Observations around New Haw

As I walk around New Haw, I have been amazed at the variety and creativity of the Christmas displays on offer.

I have loved seeing the Father Christmas’ the Angels, Snowmen, Reindeer’s, along with the many different Christmas wreaths, the Candy Cane’s, Stars, Bells and of course the different twinkly lights and the Christmas trees.

As I observe the different symbols of Christmas it got me thinking about messages in the Bible, (God’s word) that can help us truly celebrate Christmas this year.

LIGHTS

Not many of us enjoy the dark and yet the Bible says people enjoy the dark because it enables the wrong things they do to be hidden. Jesus came into the world to be a Light for the world. He brings light and hope this Christmas time, but we need to see ourselves for what we really are. Lets’ no longer live in the dark but ask Jesus to forgive us of the wrong we have done (our sins) enabling us to have Eternal Life

CHRISTMAS WREATH

The Christmas wreaths are made of evergreens to represent everlasting life brought through Jesus, with the circular shape of the wreath representing our Creator God who has no beginning or end.

“God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John ch 3 v 16)

I wonder if you had to weave your wreath together. It reminds me that the Jewish religious leaders platted a crown of thorns together and thrust it upon the head of the Lord Jesus mocking Him being the King of the Jews. The Star at His birth indicated that a King had been born. Jesus is going to reign in a coming day. But first he had to die as a sacrifice to God so our sins could be forgiven.

CHRISTMAS TREE

We all enjoy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, but when you take everything off of it, you are left with just a tree.

The Bible tells us about a tree at Calvary where Jesus suffered bled and died to enable us to be saved from the consequence of our sins. This is the message of Christmas, that Jesus willing came into the world to be the “Saviour of the World.”

As we try and enjoy Christmas as best we can this year with the challenges of the restrictions around us. Remember that God is speaking to us through the symbols of Christmas. He has given the ultimate gift. His Son for you and me.

“For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is a Gift of God.” (Ephesians ch 2 v 8)

How wonderful that you can enjoy God’s Gift this Christmas time of peace with Him and knowing you have Eternal Life.

A songwriter once wrote “I wish it could be Christmas everyday!” knowing Jesus as your Saviour is like having Christmas everyday.

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