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The True Meaning of Christmas

 Charles Dickens is best remembered for authoring A Christmas Carol, a novel made into many movies and stage plays that families have enjoyed for over a one hundred years. It’s a classic. Besides being a writer, Dickens was also a Christian who had the same desire as any parent: “Make sure the children I am responsible to shepherd understand and accept the true meaning of Jesus.” That desire goes for any pastor or person who knows Jesus. He wrote this piece for his children:

I am very anxious that you should know something about the history of Jesus Christ. For everyone ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way as ill or miserable as He was. And as He is now in Heaven, where we hope to go, and all to meet each other after we are dead, and there be happy always together, you never can think what a good place Heaven is, without knowing who He was and what He did.

He was born a long, long time ago—nearly 2,000 years ago—at a place called Bethlehem. His father and mother lived in a city called Nazareth, but they were forced by business to travel to Bethlehem. His father’s name was Joseph, and His mother’s name was Mary. And the town being very full of people, also brought there by business, there was no room for Joseph and Mary in the inn or in any house; so they went into a stable to lodge, and in this stable Jesus Christ was born. There was no cradle or anything of that kind there, so Mary lay her pretty little boy in what is called a manger, which is a place the horses eat out of. And he fell asleep.

While He was asleep, some shepherds who were watching sheep in the fields saw an angel from God, all light and beautiful, come moving over the grass towards them. At first they were afraid and fell down and hid their faces. But the angel said, “There is a child born today in the city of Bethlehem near here. He will grow up and teach men to love one another, and not quarrel and hurt one another; and His name will be Jesus Christ.” And then the angel told the shepherds to go to that stable, and look at that little child in the manger. Which they did; and they kneeled down by Him in His sleep, and said, “God bless this child.[1]

John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Jesus is full of grace and truth. His hand knocks at the door of your heart. My prayer is that you’ll make this the most special Christmas of any Christmas and invite Him into your heart. Or, reconnect deeply with Him and let Him be the Lord of your life.

Merry Christmas


[1] Charles Dickens, “The Life of My Lord for My Dear Children” from The Book of Jesus, Calvin Miller (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996), 130–133

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