December 20, 2018 -

A Reminder of the True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas
Have you ever been in a car accident and experienced everything in slow motion? So many thoughts and emotions flood your mind simultaneously that you cannot process it all in the moment. Time seems to stand still. I think Mary must have responded this way when an angel visited her, and she learned the Messiah was growing in her womb.

When they (the shepherds) had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart (Luke 2:17,19 NASB).

She went into labor, but the inn was packed with other travelers. So, she gave birth in a stable. Shepherds barged in, telling her and Joseph their newborn was the promised Messiah. It would have been a lot to comprehend. But God does this sort of thing. He does not work according to our plans. He says, “Your thoughts are not my thoughts, your ways are not my ways” (Isaiah 58:8-9).

Treasure These Things in Your Heart

According to Strong’s Concordance, the word treasury means “the place in which goods and precious things are collected and laid up.” Mary valued these events and her ponderings about them, hiding them away as treasures in her heart.

This Christmas, let’s take the time to revisit our storehouse of treasured events to reflect and remind ourselves how Jesus humbled Himself to be born into Mary’s care as a human baby. He came to relate to us in our humanness, and one day die a cruel death for us on a cross to atone for and set us free from all our sin.

May you have a Christ-centered Christmas and a blessed New Year!


Alan and Pauly Heller


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