The greatest gifts are the ones we cannot see, hear, or touch; the ones of great value that will always be present – literally and spiritually. Christmas is not simply about mistletoe or eggnog; we rejoice in something bigger than ourselves, far greater than we can ever comprehend. The holiday is the celebration of a miraculous gift that touches lives, saves spirits, and unites us all. The celebration is for humanity’s saving grace, Jesus Christ.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Jesus is the central figure of Christianity and Christmas is dedicated to his name. We look to him for all aspects of life; every gift we may ask for is in the palm of his ever so loving hand. To celebrate Christmas is to understand the true significance of Christ’s birth. How one man can come upon this earth and carry the weight of the world, no matter the heaviest boulder it may be to bear. Jesus is the Almighty, and He is worthy to be praised. His entrance into the world has completely altered my exit from it. I have a second chance at life, a chance at purity, a chance at true happiness, a chance at eternal and everlasting love. This gift is permanent.
Christmas lists, shopping, carols and movies are all jolly fun and a great way to be charmed into the commercialized “Christmas spirit.” Still, the true meaning of Christmas has been lost for some; receiving the most expensive shoes or the most popular gadget has become a main priority. This is unfortunate, but we can revive the true meaning of Christmas. We look upon Christmas as a reason for change in souls, lives, minds, and hearts. Instead of just buying your child the latest video game to hit the market, why not slip in an extra gift, a holy Bible? This is the birthday of our true friend and savior. His glory is infinite. Rejoice and be glad in it!
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
I am a product and witness of Jesus Christ. I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free; glory hallelujah He is the reason why I sing. Jesus has blessed me tremendously and I cannot thank Him enough for all he’s done for me. I am blessed to live my life through Him and for Him. Jesus is my shepherd, my guiding light, shelter in the time of a storm and a genuine gift I wish to have everyone receive this year. For I have seen no greater love than one who sacrifices the ultimate, precious, and surely priceless gift of life.
So Merry Christmas to all, may your stockings be filled with joy and your hearts filled with love.
By Taylor Smith, student reporter
Thomas County Central High School