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I have a little twist on the reason for this season. It’s Christmas and I love it! But why do we celebrate it with so much joy and celebration? Most Christians, who want to remind everyone that it’s not about all the hustle and bustle, will tell us that the reason for the season is Jesus. And certainly he is the centerpiece of this holiday. This is after all about God coming to earth and being born as a baby…“He will be called Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’. And you are to give him the name Jesus.”

But whereas he’s the center-piece of the season, I think there’s another “reason” for the season. Several years ago a song came out, written by David Meece that expresses my take on the reason for the season. The lyrics go like this:

Verse 1: As little children we would dream of Christmas morn

Of all the gifts and toys we knew we'd find

But we never realized a baby born one blessed night

Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

Chorus: We were the reason that He gave us His life

We were the reason that He suffered and died

To a world that was lost, He gave all He could give

To show us the reason to live

Verse 2: As the years went by we learned more about gifts

The giving of ourselves and what that means

On a dark and cloudy day, a man hung crying in the rain because of love, because of love

Chorus: We were the reason that He gave us His life

We were the reason that He suffered and died

To a world that was lost, He gave all He could give

To show us the reason to live.

From my vantage point, we are the reason for the season. You and me! God loved us so much that he had to figure out a way for us to live with him forever. One of our favorite statements of Jesus is, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son…” For God so loved us! We were the reason. We were the reason that God stepped down from his ivory palace into this messed up world. We were the reason that he was willing to be born in a barn with his first breath being saturated with the smell of manure. We were the reason that he put up with so much, even death on a cross. We were the reason! And that’s why we celebrate. During this Christmas season, celebrate like crazy. The God of the universe did all of this because of his love for you. He wouldn’t want you to miss that. You are the reason. Merry Christmas!


About The Author:

Mark is lucky to be married to Sarah, and they have three kids, three in-luvs, and three grandchildren: Marcus, Abigayle, and Judah. Mark loves hanging out with his wife, loving on his grandkids, communicating the words of the Bible, doing ministry with Hazel Dell's great staff, exploring the Indiana forest, driving his restored '73 Vette, and riding his classic motorcycle. He decries trying to keep up with his sons athletically, but continues to make the feeble attempt anyway.



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By Diane Freed
Thank-you Pastor Wright Enjoy the Christmas season with your beautiful grandkids
By Ted Brecheisen
Good thought Mark, "we are the reason". I wasn't about Him but about us. Thanks.
By JeanUR97Z Godsman
Thanks Mark...the best gift we can give our loved ones at Christmas is TIME. Sacrificial time. Not on our schedule but theirs! See you Sunday!
By Gloria Long
Merry Christmas!! As Tiny Tim says, "God bless us, everyone!"


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