Who are Christmas carols about? Obviously, almost all of them are about Jesus.
Jesus was real person, who really was born in a stable many years ago.
And he really was a very special person, which is why we celebrate his birth at Christmas and why our years are counted from his birth.
For he was actually the Son of God.
So why did God want his Son Jesus to be born like a human baby?
If you feel that you are nearer the end of your life than the beginning of it, you could be very wrong. You could be very wrong indeed.
For the reason Jesus was born like a human baby, and the reason he lived and died and came back to life again, is because God so loved the world - and that includes you - God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should NOT perish, but have everlasting life. And if you have everlasting life then you are still only at the beginning of it!
You can live for ever in the new world come, if you will believe in Jesus. But what does it mean to believe in Jesus?
The last verse of the carol "O little town of Bethlehem" is a prayer. It says, "Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today." You see, God can't let everyone live for ever because not everyone loves him, not everyone loves other people as much as they love themselves, not everyone wants to keep God's commandments and live the way he wants them to. None of us is good enough to live for ever without sin in the presence of God. But if we'll admit it, if you will admit to God that you have broken his commandments and that you need his help to live without sin; and if you will ask Jesus to come into your life to put you right and to help you to be the kind of person God meant you to be, then he'll accept you, just as you are, and you can begin a new life today which will never come to an end.
When someone gives you a Christmas present you don't say, "How much do I have to pay for it?" That would be so rude. You'd probably never get a another present from that person again. You don't pay for gift: you just receive it with thanks, especially if it's something you really wanted. So at Christmas it's as though God is offering us all a very special gift, and because it is a gift, all we can do is to receive it with thanks and wonder. The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord. So do you want it, or not?
Father God, thank you so much for Christmas. Thank you for giving your Son Jesus to be born among us, to grow up and teach us about you, and to offer us everlasting life through faith in him.
Help me to believe this good news; help me to be truly sorry for all that's been wrong in my past; help me to put our trust in Jesus to forgive me and to help me from now on to live the way you want me to. Help me by faith to receive the best Christmas present I could ever have, the gift of everlasting life with Jesus Christ as my friend and Saviour and Lord. Amen.
Now for some very important advice!
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