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Christmas Memories – Christmas 2008 #2

November 25, 2008

Aaaaah Christmas. Where does one begin?

What is the mystique of this time? For me, as a child, it lay in all kinds of things. Yes, there was the obvious anticipation of gifts and family parties, but it always meant more than that. At our school we celebrated Advent, with weekly services, songs, craft activity and fun. And it seemed like all the wonderful plants were in bloom, bright red flowers on the gum trees, all those wonderful Australianisms… There was the tale of Father Christmas, too, and every Christmas Eve we would put out a pillowcase (not a stocking!) to collect the presents we were to receive. As I grew older it took on new levels of meaning, with one highlight being when I was about 16 or 17 years old, playing first flute in the woodwind ensemble at the midnight mass in our country town’s Catholic Church. I loved participating in the events that pointed to a deeper spiritual meaning to Christmas.

And there it is… that deeper spiritual meaning. It’s almost intangible at times. Like, I know Christmas is more than commercial materialism in all its glory. And when I finally understood the meaning (not until I was around 21 years old), the worship of possessions that seems to take over many people at Christmas time seems to be a little like spitting all over the most precious, important, innocent, significant Person in all History.

Where do we arrive at an understanding of these meanings? I am going to, over the next few days, attempt to point to some of the meanings behind Christmas. I cannot completely reveal it, nor would I wish to. As you read, I encourage you to pray and ask God the Father to cause the Holy Spirit to guide you in understanding His inspired Scriptures. I also encourage you to explore the Scriptures given, whether through reading other Bible translations or perhaps considering some of the books given in the recommended books list.

I will try to explore a few aspects, including:

– ‘Why Christmas?’

– A brief summary of history by looking at the lives of significant characters in the Bible.

– The issues of sin, sacrifice and redemption through blood. (Hopefully that will make more sense when you get to it!).

– The Christmas story in the Gospel according to Luke.

– Salvation through the shedding of Christ’s blood.

– Useful resources to help us understand and believe the Bible.

In all of this I am not seeking to impose one particular denomination’s perspective over another. So I genuinely hope this will be useful information for my fellow followers of Jesus, regardless of our chosen style of Church.

The posts in this topic will be available under:

https://darthmaulmakesmesmile.wordpress.com/tag/Christmas-2008/

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* I am not proposing that we literally accept the birth of Jesus to have occurred on 25 December. I do not believe that there is evidence enough to be exact about the date. Yes, it could have been that date but it might not have been. There is no need to be dogmatic about the timing of Christmas.

Romans 14:4-6 (KJV)
Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

** In all the posts on this topic, unless otherwise specified, I will be using the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible, as it is in the Public Domain. Readers are encouraged to look up the Scriptures in their preferred Bible translation. I generally use the website http://bible.crosswalk.com/ as a convenient way to study multiple Bible translations.

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