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Christmas is about Christ’s birth, but also why He came.

This weekend many families across the globe a will be gathering in celebration of Christmas. Christmas has a lot of meaning to a lot of people. Christmas has been defined in so many ways.

You will find that even in communities that predominately have few Christians, Christmas is being celebrated. Although people may celebrate Christmas, they may not be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Celebrating Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior have two completely different meanings.

As we have evolved over generations and culture develops we see more and more that what once used to be the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ is now becoming more and more just a celebration of Christmas—the emphasis is on ourselves and what we do and have done for one another. Our focus has shifted from spiritual emphasis to becoming more materialistic.

For any believer out there the celebration of Christmas should be centered around Jesus Christ and the purpose for his coming here into the world.

Let’s go back to over 2,000 years ago when Jesus was born. When he came to the earth, things were not as perfect as some of us may think them to be. The world was in chaos, people were poor, oppressed and sometimes killed by the Romans, many children died before their first birthday. Children were killed by the soldiers of their own king—King Herod. There was so much oppression, violence, death and poverty. I don’t know about you, but this does not seem like an atmosphere of celebration to me.

In the midst of all those struggles and pain, God released a word to Joseph and Mary, saying: “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 ESV).

Finally all the prophecies that has been spoken about the coming of Jesus Christ had now come to pass. Now the time had come to rise without fear because God himself was coming to establish his own kingdom here on earth, as described in Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV), “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Not only was Christ coming to establish the kingdom of God here on earth and rule as the king on an assignment from heaven but he came to be our Lord and Savior. Clearly there was a lot of physical suffering and emotional struggles during those days. God was sending his son Jesus Christ to set us free from all the worldly strife and bondage through his son Jesus Christ. The celebration of Christmas for me means thanking God for his redemption and being grateful for the journey that he has guided me through. Praising him for the battles that he fought for me, the ones that I am aware of and those that I don’t even know about. Lifting his name high for protecting and providing for me.

During this Christmas my thoughts and prayers go to all who have lost their loved ones this year, to all those who are struggling with any type of addiction, to all the families who have been hit with divorce, to all who have struggled emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I also am committed to praying for all those who are struggling financially. I believe God will give you peace today, if you allow Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.

Don’t just celebrate Christmas as the world will celebrate it. Celebrate Christmas with Jesus Christ as your savior. Merry Christmas and God bless.

Erick Kalenga is pastor at

His Village Church in Culpeper

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