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Is Christ in Your Christmas?

Luke 2:7 KJV

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year! I joke with Laura Leigh almost all year asking her, “are you ready for Christmas?” She always tells me I need to wait until it gets a little closer. 

You are coming to the end of one year and the beginning of another. It’s a time to fellowship and be with your family. Laura Leigh and I also love to decorate our house for Christmas. While it’s a work, we thoroughly enjoy it. 

While all of these things are fine in their place, this is not what Christmas is all about! Christmas is about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The announcement of Jesus in the earth was the announcement of our salvation. Without Christ there is no Christmas.

This is where I get torn every year. If I am not careful, I will grow frustrated. As we enter this wonderful season, things seem to get busier than at any other time of the year. The pace of everything picks up. The concern about who wants what seems to take precedence over everything else. It grieves my heart when I truly know what Christmas is about but see it taking place with the true meaning left out. The primary meaning of Christmas is not about the gifts you give or receive, but about the greatest gift that you’ve already been given! Christmas is all about the gift of Jesus!

In Luke 2:7 we see that Mary, “… laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Many use this passage to try and prove that Jesus and his family were poor and couldn’t afford a room. That is not accurate. The only reason Jesus was not born in the inn was because there was no room for him. 

Do you have room for Jesus in your life this Christmas? If you don’t make room, there will be no room. I would encourage you to enjoy your Christmas, your family, and even bless each other as you are able. I would also encourage you, especially parents, to examine your family and life to make sure you have room for Christ Jesus this Christmas! He will always be the greatest gift and what Christmas is all about!

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