Pure Gospel Magazine 2018 December, 2018 - Page 8

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It's that time of year again, December with

it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the

real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under

the tree, the lights in the windows, the shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas? But, for many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

Christmas should be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. This is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus. Luke 2:4-7 says: "So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.