The Real Night Before Christmas

Hey, guys! Merry Christmas Eve! I decided to share with you the story of Christmas. The way I heard it growing up. Maybe some of you grew up reading ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Although, that was a tradition, too, as was watching the Polar Express.

Maybe it was just gathering with family and being thankful. Or maybe you recognize Christmas as the celebration of Jesus coming to the world to save us in the form of a baby! How incredible that is, and how powerful the emotion of love is. But this is the Christmas story, the one we as Christians recognize as celebrating Jesus birth. It’s a time where everyone is together, just before our new year. Where we put all of our past behind us and look forward.

Disclaimer: I do not believe Jesus was born on December 25th. Facts show He was probably born much before. The following is the account of Matthew 1:18-25.

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Take these words and recognize what this really means to you as a person. My pastor said, “God is not intimidated by our past.” He isn’t. If this is what it takes to believe right now, tonight, then do so. It is between you and God, but if he is calling you to Him tonight, just call on him and accept him into your heart. I’m no pastor, but I don’t need to be. The bible verse that says it all is John 3:16.

Just confess that you need Jesus. That you believe He died on the cross for your sins, and that he rose again, victorious over death. Confess that you need a savior, that you can’t do this on your own. And you are now His.

If you prayed that in your heart, and really meant it — and by that I mean really truly mean it with all of your heart — then you are His. Please, one more thing. If you believe now, please let me know! I want to help if I can, or just so I know I’m doing something good with my words! So…

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all… a good night!”

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