Jesus was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, a fact that Christians celebrate at Christmas time. No doubt most of us are already preparing for family, friends and other guests to arrive in a week or so. 

However, Jesus came to earth for more than Christmas, for more than gifts and generosity, for more than big turkey dinners and spending time with family, for more than trees or lights or snowmen, for more than stockings hung on the mantle or shortbread cookies or pumpkin pie.

Christmas wasn’t the goal, but rather just the beginning of Jesus’ time here on earth. Easter is what Jesus coming as a baby was all about. 33 years after His birth, Jesus was crucified for our sin.

John 3:16 tells us that Jesus came to die for US. He came to reconcile mankind to God. You see, without Jesus we are out of relationship with God because He is holy and we are sinners. With Jesus we can come back into a right relationship with God. 

At Christmas, in the midst of the wrapping paper and ribbons, food and family we must look ahead to the cross on which Jesus died. As Christians we are called to help people be reconciled to God. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for US (2 Corinthians 5:20 & 21). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 

Jesus came to die for mankind at Easter, therefore His birth at Christmas was also for us. WE, are the reason for this season. Don’t let the busyness, pressure, or tensions of the holiday season distract you from the angels’ message on the first Christmas. This is a time of good news and great joy!

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