Tuesday, December 25, 2007

You Are Invited

Since the day after Thanksgiving, I've heard it said.

"Happy Holidays."

We've explained a little bit about the saga of Christmas and semantics to our daughter. Each time she sees something written or hears anything other than "Merry Christmas," she mentions it to one of us.

I told her that there are those who say "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" because they do not want to offend anyone. But, truly there are those who refuse to acknowledge Christmas because they do not believe in God.

Sure, they want to celebrate something. Winter. The Season. The (your preference here.) Anything not related to religion.

The best analogy I could come up with was this- It is like someone coming to a birthday party wanting a treat bag, but they show up without a gift.

But the truth of the matter is that these guests have no idea that they were invited to the party. They think they are party crashers, when in fact they are not.

They were issued an invitation long ago.

Jesus came over 2000 years ago. He was born of a miraculous birth and lived a perfect life. He died on the cross, punishment for all of mankind's sin. He did this because He loves us. He wants everyone to come to know Him, accepting Him as their Savior.

Every. One.

And if eternal life with God were not enough, the greatest part about this invitation is that you don't have to bring a thing.

Only your heart.

Go ahead and "RSVP." Don't wait. Accept God's Invitation today. Give Jesus your heart this Christmas.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son,
that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved."
John 3:16-17
Merry Christmas


Sista Cala said...

It is good that you are educating her to the error of the world as it relates to Christmas. I'm sure you do the same about Easter. Too many folks today, even Christian folks, fail to give Jesus the glory that is due to Him.

Kelli said...

Great post, Melanie :)

anno said...

Very well said!

Jennifer said...

Absolutely beautiful and a heartfelt AMEN!