Season's Joys
Off the Wall, December 21, 2017

A little over a month ago, I received a piece of mail that stated on the envelope, “Ring in the Season with Heartwarming Fiction That Will Fill You With Christmas Joy!” One can only imagine what ran through my mind at that very instant, and I’m sorry to say, they weren’t very good thoughts.

Then a saying popped into my head. “What is this world coming to?” Of course, I had to chuckle at my own thought because that might be one mindset of the world nowadays.

We as Christians have always been told, “We are of the world and not in the world” meaning that Satan may try to influence to comply with worldly ways, but we must stay true to Godly ways instead. The world consists of all those who do not wish to love God, have pushed Him out of their lives and more or less “me” oriented people.

To think that someone would even so much as have the audacity to think that Christmas joy was fictitious in nature and its origin followed suit was shocking, to say the least, and should be to everyone who truly understands what Christmas is all about.

I heard one person state, “We’re going to have fun this Christmas. The word came from one who has pushed God out her picture. All in all, it was plain to see from what was said afterwards that her comments had nothing to do with the celebration of the celebration of celebrating Christ’s birth, but more of a way of worldly celebrations.

I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the season must be dedicated to the worship and praising of God sending Jesus into the world by way of miraculous birth by way of a young virgin woman. He grew in her womb until such time as becoming full term whereby He exited as any other child would coming into this world in which we live.

That, folks, is pure reality – fact – in its truest form. It’s in the history books. I don’t have to tell one this is not a fictitious story made up to give people some reason to party. This is serious business. For without Christ coming into the world and living His short life, eventually dying on the cross, and resurrecting and joining God in heaven, we would be in serious trouble.

We need only to turn to John 3:16 in the Holy Bible (Protestant or Catholic) where it is written: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.”

This is how it is explained in the Holy Scriptures. Beginning in the book of Matthew, chapter one, verse eighteen, “Now this is how the birth of Jesus came about. When His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a Son and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name Him Emmanuel,’ which means God is with us.’”

‘Fiction’ in any form or fashion? Not in the slightest sense. If one concocts the idea through imagination that joy and good times has its foundation from a made up story, then it goes without saying that Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison all fall under the classification of Daffy Duck stories.

Those of the world, get with the picture. It is for your own good that you realize the reason we celebrate the beauty of Christmas and the many joys attached to it.
First of all, God exists, period. It was His doing that He sent Jesus Christ onto this earth to not only tell of the Father’s unconditional love, desire for interrelationships, but also redeem man from his sinfulness by our Savior’s death on the cross.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Jesus means in Hebrew: ‘God saves (430).’ ‘Because sin is always an offense God, only He can forgive it (431).’”

Let’s celebrate each day of the Christmas season giving thanks, praise, and gratitude to our heavenly Father for the beautiful gift of our Redeemer’s birth.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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