THE FIRST CHRISTMAS PRESENT

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Before levying judgment against corporate America with accusations of  having taken Christ out of Christmas, we would do well to examine our own lives and practices. It seems somewhat disingenuous to claim being offended by banners and greetings of “Happy Holiday” at your favorite retail establishment, while handing over your credit card and incurring greater and greater consumer debt. Jesus, of course, is the very first Christmas present, given by God the Father himself. His intention was never the introduction of a holiday in the hopes that it might break you financially but, rather, that it would offer to you the certainty of an eternal hope; one  that cannot be bought with cash, but will be paid for on a cross. We cannot allow sentiment to become a substitute for a sacrificial life dedicated to His service.

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