The story of Christmas appears to get camouflaged by all the fanfare and the trappings such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees, gifts and commercialism. Oh, but, there are so many good movies just to name a few such as ‘The Miracle on 34th Street’.
The Ghost of Christmas is not Ebenezer Scrooge or some fairy tale made up of so many other myths to persuade us from the real meaning of Christmas. The meaning of Christmas can be a magical time of season and giving, but we cannot deny the true meaning of CHRISTmas is God’s one and only Son born to a virgin in a place called Bethlehem.
“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)”. Isaiah 7:14 NLT
When we think of ghosts most of us tend to think of spooks, white apparitions, and/or becoming fearful. In the Gospel of Luke,
” The angel said to her, do not be afraid Mary; for you have found favor with God”. Mary as a teenager was about to give birth to a son. “And behold you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Jesus”.
“Mary said to the angel how can this be since I am a virgin?” I think Mary the mother of Jesus was blown away with excitement and shocked at the same time. To give birth would be virtually impossible because Mary did not have any sexual intimate relation with any man, including Joseph at this time.
Notice This: “The angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you ( the old KJV reads ‘Holy Ghost’). Ghost in this context means Spirit. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God” ( See Luke 1:26-38).
The Holy Spirit brings the true meaning of Christmas revealing Christ as Savior brings love, joy, peace, and light not only to the world of humanity, but to each person. Jesus was born to forgive us of our sins. To seek and to save the lost and to offer hope in a dark world. I know this may sound strange to some, but when a person confesses their sins and invites Jesus Christ into their lives, the Holy Spirit now lives in their heart! Religion may make some good people, but it cannot change our heart. Only Jesus can do this. “You shall call his name Jesus, and he shall save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21.
This is the gamechanger of the meaning of Christmas and life here on this earth.
Most of life just hits the surface and we have fears and doubts just like Mary did. Yet the angel encouraged Mary not to be afraid.
Enjoy your day and this coming weekend. May you have safe travels this coming week. 🎄