Enjoying the reason for the season

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 5, 2006

To the Editor:

An old tune goes: “Christmas is December’s 4th of July.” Interesting!

Do you buy into that? No way!

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Actually, Christmas pre-dates the 4th of July by a few years.

That is an understatement to say the least. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John1:1

That verse gives us a strong hint as to when Christmas began.

I don’t recall the public worshipping the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 4th as a primary reason for celebrating Independence Day in America although that would be an excellent idea.

Johnny Mathis sings this tune: “Christmas is a feeling in your heart.”

That’s more like it.

Closer still would be that Christmas is a feeling in your soul.

There is, however, a slight parallel, if you will, between Christmas and American Independence. That is “liberation!”

“Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you FREE.” John 8:32.

Truth is “The Word!”

Knowing and believing The Word of God gets one much, much more than freedom from the King of England.

Much more being: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11.

Now that causes joy in the heart and in the soul.

Christ the Lord is the ultimate freedom – freedom from worry, pain, war, strife and this evil world.

His freedom not only reigns for one day of the year but forever – world without end.

John B. Givhan