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The Basics of Christmas

By Ken Horn | December 23, 2012

Need to share the true meaning of the season with friends or loved ones? Here are some basics.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Although we do not know exactly when Christ was born, most people celebrate it on December 25 each year.

Although many traditions have grown up around Christmas, the following are the facts of the true meaning of Christmas.

Where to look: The story of Christmas can be found in the Bible. See Matthew 1:18 through 2:19 and Luke 1:26 through 2:20.

Who is it about? Jesus Christ. Jesus is His earthly name, which means, “the Lord saves.” Christ is a title which means “Messiah” or “Anointed One.” God’s people were awaiting His coming.

Who was He? The Son of God. He was born to a virgin, Mary, so He did not have an earthly father. God was His Father. It was a miracle when He was born. He was fully God but also fully human—born as a Jew in Israel.

Why did He come? To save people from sin. (See John 3:16,17.) And to fulfill the many prophecies in the Old Testament of His coming.

What happened?

•Angels announce the birth of Jesus to the virgin Mary, then to Joseph, her husband-to-be.
•Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem for a census ordered by Caesar.
•Jesus is born in a stable because the inns are all full. His first bed is a cattle manger.
•Angels announce the birth of Jesus to shepherds who are tending their flocks. The angels proclaim that Jesus is the Savior and the Messiah (Christ).
•The shepherds, with directions from the angels, go to the stable and worship Jesus.
•Much later, wise men from the east, guided by a star, come to the house where Jesus now is. They worship Him and give him valuable gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrhh.

Why is Christmas important? All people are sinners. Jesus came “to look for and to save people who are lost” (Luke 19:10, CEV). Because the Son of God was born, ministered, then was crucified and rose from the dead, everyone can have their sins forgiven and live forever in heaven.

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