Our sister, Dawn Cribbs, wrote quite a lengthy column in last night's paper, which said that Jesus "is not" the reason for the season and stated that Christmas is a pagan holiday. I am compelled to present an opposing viewpoint.
The fact that the Roman Catholic Church instituted the celebration of Christmas to replace a pagan holiday, is little-known by hundreds of millions of Christians the world over.
What is the motivation for churches to re-enact the birth of our Savior, all around the world, if it isn't the birth of our Savior?
And, did not two Roman Catholic priests write the beautiful Christmas Carol, sung all over the world, in many languages, "Silent Night?"
What has motivated the writing of many, many Christmas hymns and carols, if it isn't the celebration and worship of Jesus?
"O worship the king, all glorious above, and gratefully sing, His power and His love."
Nay! do not take away from the love that fills our hearts for Jesus. Jesus we worship You, let our hearts be filled with Your love.
Christmas is the time for giving gifts to our friends and families. We do so in celebration of the greatest gift that was ever given to us sinners for our redemption!
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish (go to Hell), but have everlasting life (In Heaven). John 3:16. Love so amazing, so Divine.
Although I could give much more supporting evidence, such as Handel's Messiah, I will close by emphatically stating that, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."
Oh yes, I forgot to mention the fabulous presentation of "A Night in Bethlehem" by the McCook Christian Church.
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas.