“The Life-Light was the real thing:
Every person entering Life
he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
the world was there through him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
not sex-begotten” (John 1:9-13, The Message).
This, my friends, is the real reason for Christmas.
Not gifts, as rewarding as they are to give and receive.
Not family and friends, though they are necessary to fully share in the experience of Christmas.
Not food, although I personally will enjoy my fair share of good food this Christmas season.
Christmas is Jesus, God with us, Emmanuel.
Hope is born into this world again.