Recently, I was reading about the history of Christmas and where our various Christmas traditions come from, including ones that may have originated in pagan rituals or festivals. December 25 may not be the exact date of Jesus birth but the celebration is not about the date but of the event.
This year, as you enjoy your Christmas celebrations, as you open gifts, sing carols, and eat good food, let those things remind you of Jesus’ deep love for you. Regardless of where these traditions originated, you can let them point you back to the great gift Jesus gave each of us by coming to earth, lived and died for us.
Hours from now, 2014 shall come to an end and everyone is excited to welcome 2015 with a bang!
So what country shall first celebrate new year? Because the World is divided into time zones, the new year moves progressively around the globe as the start of the day ushers in the New Year. The first country to celebrate New Year is Kiribati, Caroline Island (time zone UTC+14), the last one are Baker Island, Howland Island (UTC-12).
As the year rcomes to an end, this is the perfect time to start thinking about a potential New Year’s resolution you can make for yourself. Before you fret at the idea of this popular yet often half-hearted promise to oneself, let’s look at the positive way as to why making a resolution can help you accomplish an important goal in your life.
The main reason why the majority of resolutions made at New Years never be successful is because most are not backed up with a specific plan . Just stating that you are going to accomplish a goal is one thing, actually accomplishing these challenging tasks are entirely different… this is where most people get stuck and discouraged.
In order to better your chances of being successful with this New Year’s resolution, list the specific steps you will need to take to come out victorious Whether your resolution is to quit smoking, learn to play a musical instrument , lose weight, trim down spending or focus on spirituality . These goals have certain steps that need to be taken in order to accomplish the task. In making a new years resolution, list down the detailed steps on how to accomplish them.
Jesus is Savior (Matthew 1:21)
Why did the angel tell Joseph “you are to give him the name Jesus”? Because the name “Jesus” literally means “the Lord is salvation” or simply “Savior.” And so Joseph gave him the name Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.” This, too, is a foundational truth of Christianity. Jesus was born to die, and through his sacrificial death he, and only he, is able to save us from our sins and their devastating consequences in both this life and the next. Those who receive this salvation by repenting of sin and embracing Christ as Savior and Lord know the joy of forgiveness and the hope of eternal life. We cannot help but sing praises to God for we love to testify that “the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).
Jesus is the Christ, Son of David and Son of Abraham, God and Savior. This is the true meaning of Christmas. And this is why we sing, “O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”