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 inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
It is my sincere hope that this Christmas, those that don't already know Him might be able to see past the trappings of Christmas - beyond trees and carols and gifts -- and even gatherings of family and friends -- and come to know the person of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
It is He who "made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness; and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!". All of which He did in love so that you and I might be reconciled back to a God, no longer separated by our sin.
That truly is good news that deserves celebration!