Holiday season is celebration of Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist

Is it any wonder that Jesus came to earth as a little baby? And is it any wonder Jesus loved the little children? Their innocence, forgiveness, love and compassion fill their hearts.

At Christmastime I think of the Babe of Bethlehem and the stable, the star in the east and Herod’s terrible decree.

Imagine if Jesus had never been born, or if King Herod had succeeded. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints and no hope. Where there is no hope, there is only desolation.

If Jesus had never been born, human beings would probably have become extinct by now. With no standards to live by, mankind would eventually annihilate itself.

Praise God for reaching down to man. He sent his only Son to be born in a stable, to live only 33 years and to be nailed to a cross to save us from ourselves.

He had no earthly possessions. He brought love, healing, peace and hope. For that He was ridiculed, mocked, persecuted, scourged, beaten and crucified.

Yet that little Babe of Bethlehem truly brought “joy to the world.” He changed the course of humanity in just three short years.

More than 2,000 years have come and gone, but He still reigns. He lifts the hearts of the downtrodden. He heals the brokenhearted. He removes the pain of yesterday and brings joy for tomorrow.

No other single event in all of history has affected mankind as this one man called Jesus. Why do we celebrate Christmas? It’s because we have hope and joy. It’s because of Jesus we will live again … forever. That dear friend is the reason to celebrate.

If Jesus is taken out of Christmas, forget it all. Do you think I’m going to decorate for a winter holiday? Give me a break. Do you think I will have a family gathering to exchange gifts for the winter holidays? No way!

I love Christmas and everything about it. A Savior is born.

The Wise Men brought him gifts, and because Jesus gave to us the priceless gift, I want to give gifts of love and friendship. So I will exchange gifts with friends and family, not for a “happy holiday,” but because I’ve been given the gift of life and salvation. Because of that tiny Babe of Bethlehem, I will sing Christmas carols and adore him.

For 2,000 years, the world has been celebrating Christmas. The sights, sounds, smells and gathering of families all call us home for that wonderful time of the year.

The baby in the manger brings cheer at Christmas and any other day of the year.

The joy comes with it because “He” is love.

I want to tell it everywhere, “Jesus Christ is born! Joy to the World.” We have been redeemed. Our sins are forgiven. He is the hope of mankind. What a Savior! It’s the greatest news Planet Earth has ever received.

I, for one, will celebrate the greatest event of all time, and I will love every minute of it. Go forth with joy. Celebrate the birth of:

That Babe of Bethlehem

On that Christmas morn so very long ago

A Babe in Bethlehem was born that all may know

That we have been redeemed from sins’ dark ugly stain,

That the sick may be healed, the lame to walk again.

Such joy our hearts contain, his love, it cannot end

Oh the joy and peace from “That Babe of Bethlehem!”

Merry Christmas.