A Christmas Wish
Dennis Doughty has a Christmas wish…
me share with you how I wish the world would celebrate
I was a boy in school, we had two holidays: one to
celebrate Washington’s birthday, the other to
celebrate Lincoln’s. On those occasions we would
study about these men and what they did for our
country. We studied about their work and their role
as presidents. But we never studied anything about
their births. I know of no facts or stories
concerning the circumstances of their births.
wish the world would celebrate the birth of Jesus the
way it celebrates the birth of other men, by
concentrating on His life. I wish [the world] nation
would look more at His accomplishments, teaching,
world influence, and death; than at the manger scene,
the wise men, and the shepherds tending their flocks.
His virgin birth was special, miraculous, humble and
unique. However, in our celebration, let us not lose
focus on the man He became and how His life changed
the world.” *
That Jesus was born into the world is something to
incarnation, God becoming flesh in the person
of Jesus (John 1:14), revealed the great love of God
in that He came to us!
However, it is of utmost importance for us to
understand WHY He came.
When Mary discovered that she was “with
child,” an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a
dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be
afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which
is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she
will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name
JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins”
came to save us from sin!
That’s what makes His birth so special! When our sins
rendered us doomed for eternal destruction, Jesus came
to rescue us. And, in order to save us, Jesus – the
sinless Son of God – had to die on the cross for our
sins, be buried, and then rise again after three days
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Jesus WILL save those who: place their
and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are
(immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of sins
(Acts 2:38). His atoning blood will continue to
cleanse those who continue to walk in the light of His
word (1 John 1:7).
best way to celebrate the birth of Jesus is to
recognize WHY He was born into the world (for
our salvation) and to accept His gift on His terms.
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
excerpt from “How I Wish the World Would Celebrate
Christmas” by Dennis Doughty in The Magnolia
Messenger , Oct.-Dec., 2010; Volume 31, No.4.
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