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Global Christmas Tree

And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! ~ Luke 2:8-11, AMP

All around this world, whether people are believers in Jesus the Christ, or not, the Christmas Season is the most popular ubiquitously celebrated event—celebrated not only in “churches,” “temples,” and ministries, but also in shopping centers, malls, schools, corporations, and homes. Thus, there is no way to escape this truth: If it were not for the birth of Jesus the Christ, then after Halloween NOBODY would be rushing to put up extravagantly decorated Christmas trees, or rushing to hang breathtaking Christmas wreaths, or rushing to string shimmering Christmas lights, or rushing to snail mail the perfect Christmas cards, or rushing to buy, wrap, and sometimes express mail painstakingly selected Christmas gifts. Indeed, if it were not for the birth of Jesus the Christ, then after Halloween NOBODY would be in a hurry to hum, sing, and/or play audio versions of classic and contemporary Christmas carols.

At the very least, the Christmas Season extends four weeks before Christmas Day and for two weeks after that day. So for the most part, before Thanksgiving has come and gone, many people are busy dressing up their surroundings in celebration of the Christmas Season, and this kind of recurring annual activity is why the Christmas Season remains the most observed and the most well-liked of the worldwide celebrated festivals or holidays. Ironically though, while the Christmas Season is the one season that many nations rely on the most to put their countries’ businesses in the black, and many of the businesses around the world actually do prosper significantly during the Christmas Season, these same nations, however, continue to prefer to refer to the Christmas Season as a “holiday season.”

Even though global commercialism has taken over so many nations’ celebration of their December “holiday season,” commercialism has nothing to do with the Christmas Season, which has its own Spirit, Mercy, Grace, and desires. That’s why this is the Christmas Season and NOT the “holiday season.”

For the above reasons, and as a result of being born again, saved, justified, and becoming holy, everyone who genuinely believes in Jesus the Christ should keep the focus of the Christmas Season on the birth of Jesus the Christ—the REAL Reason for the Season. Everyone who really has accepted Jesus the Christ as his or her Lord and Savior, on each day of this Christmas Season, should remember that his or her best celebration of Christmas is in the realization that because Jesus the Christ was born He now can live in every true believer’s own life!

Now, it is important to note here that Christmas is not about one day, and the Christmas Season is not about a certain time of the year. Christmas equals the Christmas Season, and the Christmas Season is really the year-round condition of believers’ “heart,” and believers’ “heart”  is the seat or center of their Holy Spirit guided, taught, and empowered spiritual life. Therefore, putting the argument about the real date when Jesus the Christ was born aside, for true believers, whether the Christmas Season is celebrated for 6 or 7 weeks out of the year or celebrated for 365 continuous days, the Christmas Season has been and continues to be the most wonderful and holiest time of the year.

That’s why the Christmas Season never should be about believers coveting other believers or unbelievers’ gifts. Then too, the Christmas Season never should be about believers financially overextending themselves, nor about believers becoming spiritually bankrupt. Certainly, the Christmas Season also should NEVER be about believers lying to their children about a chubby, old Santa Claus, his devoted tiny elves, and his trusted and dependable reindeers, and so forth. For the above reasons, as believers celebrate this Christmas Season they should not forget to let their “hearts” reflect on the fundamental nature of God’s Grace, God’s Mercy, God’s Spirit, and God’s desires that were completely fulfilled in the life of Jesus the Christ.

 

 Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!