Sunday, December 16, 2012

What is Christmas really for?

“Blessed are those who mourn
for they shall be comforted."
~ Matthew 5:4

Christmas is for those who hurt and are broken... for those who are lost and have no other hope...

Yes... we hurt. We are broken in spirit. Our hope grows dim at times. 
To whom shall we turn?

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,

The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."

~ Isaiah 61:1-3

Yes, in this baby, in this Jesus, is the hope we so desperately seek!

"For unto you is born this day 
in the city of David a Savior, 
who is Christ the Lord. 
And this will be a sign for you: 
you will find a baby 
wrapped in swaddling cloths 
and lying in a manger.” 
~ Luke 2: 11-12

"Do not let your heart be troubled; 
believe in God, believe also in Me."  
~ John 14:1

Christmas is for those who mourn that they might find hope.


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