Christmas is only a few short days away. The tree is trimmed in true Moss style, the gifts of the non-procrastinators [cough] are wrapped, and the desserts are coming fast and furious. But I wanted to take some time and focus on the TRUE meaning of Christmas--Jesus Christ, fully man, fully God, fully Savior. There is nothing wrong in giving a gift to a loved one. There is nothing wrong with cutting down an evergreen and bringing it inside. There is nothing wrong with getting together with family. But when we put these or anything else before Jesus, then we are seriously wrong.
These are my favorite Christmas quotes because they glorify the Messiah.
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"'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!' That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
-Linus, in A Charlie Brown Christmas
"Hark, the herald angels sing, 'Glory to the new-born king.' Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
-Charles Wesley, from the hymn "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"
"And Mary said,
'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.'"
-Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Luke 1:46-55
"Hallelujah! The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever, King of kings and Lord of lords. Hallelujah!"
-George Frederic Handel, from the "Hallelujah Chorus"
"The very purpose of Christ's coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas."