The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the Christmas decorations. I can still remember how excited I would get as a child when the Sears Christmas catalog would come out, and my parents would let me circle the toys I wanted for Christmas. I can still hear the bells being rang by the salvation army workers in front of the department stores, and when I was a child a quarter was a lot of money to drop in the red kettle.
My parents would take us to Macy's in Atlanta every year to have our picture made with Santa, and my brother was always crying in the photograph because he was terrified of Santa Claus. We would go to sleep early on Christmas eve and wake up around 1am and run downstairs to see the toys under the tree, and then play with them all night long. We enjoyed these traditions with our children and now with our grandchildren.
We all know what matters the most at Christmas, and for that matter everyday, it's Jesus. He is the reason for the season, wouldn't you agree He makes life better. As a Christian we get the best of both worlds, we enjoy our traditions, but we enjoy them as Christians. A lot people think becoming a Christian is the end of your life, but rather the opposite, its the beginning of life.
Jesus said I came to give you life and not only life but abundant life. The abundant life is a overflowing life. Christians can experience overflowing joy, and overflowing peace, our cup of blessings overflows. When a person accepts the Lord as their savior its like the Lord puts a heavenly magnifying glass on your life and everything is enlarged. David said, bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all of his benefits. His benefit plan is out of this world.
Pastor Ken Smith