Today I wish to speak on Christmas, as that is only a week away from today. It is such a wonderful time! For one, the music is different this time of year. I am not talking about Jingle Bells or the like (although some enjoy those too), but I'm talking about the wonderful songs about Christ. An example would be the Mormonism Hymn "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." My personal favorite this year, however, is the song "Carol of the Bells" as performed by the Steven Sharp Nelson.
Christmas is also one of my favorite times to read and reread The Gospels in the Bible - the life of Christ. What better way to learn about Christmas than to read the origins of it? The story of Christ's birth is often shared this season, and I will do so now as well.
The Birth of Jesus ChristBut I think it is sad to stop the story there. As the scripture says, "...unto you is born...a Savior." His entire life was an example of what we need to do to be saved, and the ultimate act of the Savior was performed during the final days of his mortal life. The Atonement! In Gethsemane he took upon him all our afflictions and sins, that we may be granted forgiveness if we keep his commandments. And in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea yet another great act of salvation was performed. Christ was resurrected and broke the hold that death had upon all mankind.
1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inns.
8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
- Luke 2:1-14 -
It is the summary of all of these things that make this season so wonderful. The birth of our Redeemer, the example of his life, the mercy found in the Atonement - All of this should be remembered during this wonderful Christmas season.
I leave you with another comic by Arie Van De Graaff:
Let us remember Christ in Christmas.
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