Euangelion!

Gerard_van_Honthorst_-_Adoration_of_the_Shepherds_(1622)

Gerard van Honthorst – Adoration of the Shepherds (1622) – Google Art Project

Whoever you are, wherever you are in the world, today I bring you incredible news! (cf. Luke 2:10-11) For a child has been born to bring peace to the world; and out of Bethlehem came a ruler who already existed forever. (cf. Is. 9:6-7, Mic. 5:2) It was in the days of Caeser Augustus that Emmanuel or ‘God with us’ was miraculously born, of an otherwise unimportant Virgin. (cf. Mt. 1:18-25, Luke 2:1) Today we know Him best through His Latin name, Iesus, or Jesus. It is He whom we celebrate today throughout the world; He whom we celebrate and await.

Christmas, from the old English words Christes maesse or ‘Christ’s mass’, (Lexham Bible Dictionary) is a celebration for all the world. It is a time of great joy, a time to rejoice with all the angels and saints over the unimaginable plan God prepared for all of us. Do not be disturbed or wrapped in disputes over meaningless things! (cf. II Timothy 2:23) Christmas does not come in cups from coffee shops; it doesn’t come from a store, it means a little bit more. (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Be merry indeed, for Christ our Lord and Saviour was born this very day, to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray. (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Happy Christmas all, and to all a goodnight! (Twas the Night Before Christmas)

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