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The Third Purpose of Christmas


2 Corinthians 5:18-20

A Time for Reconciliaton

Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged

*Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?

*Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Queens Disoriented Are

*Dementia — I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas

*Narcissistic — Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

*Manic — Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Busses and Trucks and trees and Fire Hydrants and……

*Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Get me

*Borderline Personality Disorder — Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

*Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll tell You Why

*Obsessive Compulsive Disorder —Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…

Most all of us are a bit more frazzled at Christmas time. We’re thinking about all the money we’re spending, or not spending. We’re wondering if we missed purchasing a gift for someone. There are parties everywhere, and everyone wants us to come. There are no longer the 3 or 4 special Christmas movies to watch with the family…there are the 25 Days of Christmas on 43 different networks. The malls are packed full. There’s email after email of “free shipping” notices. There are school plays and concerts and practices to be at. There’s the weight we all have to watch while we eat cookie after cookie after cookie after…. No wonder someone came up with the joke at the top of this page.

Mary and Joseph had to worry about a place to stay and a healthy birth. Mary was about to be a mommy…and Joseph a daddy. Oh, and there were visitors that had talked with angels and some that had followed a star. Then there was a couple elderly people who had waited their whole life to see the one foretold by the prophets of their ancestors.

For Joseph and Mary, the time around the birth was about … well, the birth of a special baby. Joseph wasn’t in stores or out decorating the front of the house; he was probably looking through the old scriptures to see what prophets had really said about this new king. Mary was probably wondering if she was going to get any bigger…and wondering when she could take naps…and wondering if she would have morning sickness.

I guess there was a search for PEACE on their parts…and there’s a constant search for PEACE on our part as well. I always remember the one verse that says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Do we treasure the meaning of Christmas? Do we ponder the meaning of Christmas? Do we really know what the gift of PEACE from God really means to us? Do you?

A long time ago, in a garden created by God, two people disobeyed their Creator. Things would never be the same between these three best friends. One is still perfect in love, the other two are now imperfect…unable to be with their creator anymore like it used to be. Things are not peaceful.

A long time after that, the Creator announced that there would be a perfect way to be together with his creation again. That perfect way would come through the birth, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus. True PEACE now could exist in anyone…PEACE between that person and God himself. That person, “whomsoever” as John 3:16 says, could now carry that PEACE with them…and hand it away to other people! The PEACE that can change one person’s life forever can now be lived out to changed families and communities and towns and nations.

Boy, PEACE sounds better that what we’ve all experienced around Christmas (see 1st paragraph). This PEACE is also something that we can have all the time. The name for this PEACE is Emanuel…God With Us. Acts 2:38 explains that when we come to accept Jesus, we receive gifts of forgiveness, eternal life and God With Us (the Holy Spirit).

Life can be simpler and more PEACEFUL. We just have to realize what REAL PEACE really is.

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