"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
Everybody loves Christmas. Especially the children. On Christmas, most likely there will be snow falling outside the window next to the hearth. In the kitchen the dining table is filled with delicious foods. There will be a Christmas tree in the living beside the warm and cozy couch, and under the tree, colorful Christmas gifts waiting to be opened on Christmas morning. This is the image that comes to mind when a Christian thinks about Christmas.
But we've all heard the story. Christmas is more than just Christmas trees and Christmas gifts and snow falling piling up on roofs. It is much more than that.
The story of Christmas begins with the birth of a savior into the world. People didn't know it back then, and even now many are more than happy to express their disbelief, but according to the Bible – God's own words – that is the truth. God promised that He would send us the Messiah that would save us from the eternal damnation of our sins. And not long after, Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day.
"And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." Matthew 1:16 (KJV)
The wheels were already set in motion even before Jesus Christ was born into the world. His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, promised that they would become husband and wife when the time comes. One day Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. He told she'd be pregnant and would be carrying the Son of God in her womb. Joseph almost backed out of his promise when he heard this. But in a dream God spoke to him about how important his role was in God's plans. Soon Mary and Joseph were married and their marriage was blessed with the birth of a healthy young child.
Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. Mary had went into labor while she and Joseph were on their way to register for the census. All the inns were taken, and so they had to seek temporary refuge in a nearby stable, where the Savior of Mankind and Son of God would be born into this world.
The angels spread the word of the Savior's birth and many wise men came to see him. The three wise men also came bringing gifts. This is what makes Christmas so special. Thousands of years ago, on the exact same date of our celebration of the birth of Jesus, the entire world was at peace. As the song goes, it was a holy night indeed.
Today Christmas is perceived to be one of the most popular holidays in the world. People take a step back from their jobs to relax and spend some time with their families. But let's not forget the true story of Christmas: it is the story of the birth of the Savior and the beginning of the salvation of Mankind.