An Encouraging Word....
Christmas Is for Everyone
A woman walks into the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards. "May I have 50 Christmas stamps?" She asks the clerk.
“What denomination?" the clerk asks.
"Oh, my goodness, has it come to this?" asks the woman. "Well then, please give me 6 Catholic, 12 Lutheran, and 32 Baptists.
That woman’s misunderstanding may make us smile. But I don’t think our own confusion about denominations is a laughing matter to God. It is possible for us to get so wrapped up in our own church activities and religious traditions during this season that we forget that Christmas is not the property of First Baptist Church or any other church or denomination. If that were so, Christmas would be a Jewish holiday for Jesus originally came to his own Jewish people, but most of them rejected him. The great news of Christmas is, “To all who believed (Jesus) and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12, NLT).
Christmas isn’t the property of the Lutherans, the Catholics, or the Baptists. And it is not the sole property of Christians. Christmas is for everyone. The hope, the peace, and the joy of this season are available to anyone and everyone who believes in the Jewish Messiah, the one we know as the Christ of Christmas. There may be no better time of year to share the good news.