December 24, 2010

The Greatest Gift of All

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:09 am by Lisa Ritchey


Christmas. Why is it so celebrated?  Because it marks the day that the greatest gift   that could ever be was given to all of mankind.

John 3:16 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.

 How did that happen?

Luke 2:1-14

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men

That is nice, but why was it such a gift?    

John 3:16-17(16) 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. 

(17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how you say it:

1. Arabic – I’d Miilad said oua sana saida

2. Chinese – (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

3 Croatian – Sretan Bozic

4. Danish – Glædelig Jul

5. Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest

6. Filipino – Maligayang Pasko

7. Finnish – Hyvaa joulua

8. French – Joyeux Noël

9. German – Fröhliche Weihnachten

10. Greek: Kala Christouyenna! 

11. Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal

12. Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit

13. Italian – Buon Natale!

14. Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

15. Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha

16. Latin – Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!

17. Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb

18. Portuguese – Feliz Natal!

19. Russian – Pozdravlyenie s Rozjdyestvom i s Novym Godom! 

20. Swedish – God Jul 

21. Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

22. Spanish – Feliz Navidad

23. Urdu – Naya Saal Mubarak Ho

24. Vietnamese – Chuc Mung Giang Sinh

25. Welsh – Nadolig Llawen*

Or Merry Xmas even**.  When we say Merry Christmas, we are  acknowledging the greatest gift ever given.  Please read my “Read Me” page for information on what it means when we truly accept this gift, and for information on how to accept it.  Here is a link to the page.  Remember, Hell is hot and forever is a re-aally long time, but because of  what Jesus did you don’t have to go there.  

I hope that, especially in this season,

you know the peace, love, joy, and hope that comes from accepting

what became yours when He gave His life for you.

 May you have the merriest of Christmases

and a truly joyous new year!



[*] http://hubpages.com/hub/say-merry-christmas-in-different–languages

[**]The “X” in X’mas is the Greek letter chi (x) and is an actual Greek initial for Christos which is Christ in English.  

©Original content Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey

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