Christmas From Matthew, Pt. 4

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:20-21

During this Christmas season, it is important for us to remember why we celebrate.  We see the signs (and maybe we even have one ourselves) that say “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  That is very true.  Jesus is the reason for the season.

But why do we celebrate Jesus?  It may seem like a simple question, but it is worth answering, especially at this time of the year.

I believe that we find the answer in verse 21: “…thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”  We celebrate Jesus because He is our Saviour.  We celebrate Him because He saves us from our sins.  We celebrate Him because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  We celebrate Him because, as Peter said, “Thou hast the words of life.”

During this Christmas season, let us never forget what Jesus has done for us.  Let us never forget that He came to save us from our sins.  We did not deserve it, but Jesus loves us and gave Himself for us.  That is the reason for Christmas.  That is why we celebrate.

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