Praise the Lord as we wake to see another day and the beginning to the holiday that we longed to see. My brothers and sisters in Christ this is a time that we should continue to praise and worship the Lord as we did throughout the last eleven months. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is a God that does not change.Turn with me to the Book of St. Luke chapter 2 and we will read verses 8 through 20.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Let’s face it, the Christmas season is a time that is loved by many and hated by just as many. Yet, regardless of which side of that issue you fall on, this much is true: the Christmas season is a time filled with many mixed messages and with pagan rituals, worldly rituals and church rituals. Although we are not sure of the exact birth date of Jesus. I will not invoke my understanding here of what I believe is the season of His birth. I mean, this is supposed to be the one time in the year when the world remembers the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, and every year we muddy the waters of truth by allowing the Scriptural meaning of the season to be mingled with other messages that have their origin in the world. Now. I enjoy Christmas as much as the next person, but I just want you to be aware that there are some terrible misconceptions surrounding the true meaning of the season. To many it all about money, commercialism and greed. Others see it as a time for parties, family gatherings, meals and get-togethers. Many children know Christmas only as a time for Santa, Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer and other equally foolish fairy tales. As a result, some children have no idea what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

Santa lives at the North Pole. Jesus lives everywhere.Santa rides in a sleigh. Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.Santa comes once a year. Jesus is an ever present help.Santa comes down your chimney. Jesus stands at your door of your heart and knocks.Santa fills your stockings with goodies. Jesus supplies all your needs.You have to wait in line to see Santa. Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.Santa lets you sit in his lap. Jesus holds you in His hands.Santa has a big stuff belly. Jesus has a heart of love.Santa”s little helpers makes new toys. Jesus makes new lives.Santa puts gifts under your tree. Jesus became our gift and died on a tree.

Thank God for the Bible! In His holy, inspired, infallible Word, God sets the record straight where Christmas is concerned! He gives us, in no uncertain terms, the true reasons for the season. Many say, and I know what they are saying when they do, that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And, He is the main reason, but He isn’t the only one! Allow me to share with some of the true reasons or the season.

We will continue tomorrow with this message for the remainder of the week. I pray you have a blessed day.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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Author: Godfrey Gregg