I thank God for His great gift of salvation for all mankind. A remarkable birth, the circumstances prophesied hundreds of years in advance, followed by a remarkable life, changing the course of civilization. How can anyone take such things so lightly?
Other religions charge humankind with working our way to God. God lowering Himself to man is unique to Christianity. Jesus "came to seek and save the lost." The Christian concept of salvation depends on God, His grace, mercy, and faithfulness, set apart completely from human effort specifically to preclude mortal boasting (Epesians 2:8-9.)
Consider appropriating God's most precious gift for yourself today. He is good and kind and merciful, offering redemption for fallen people. Ask His forgiveness and invite Him to take control of your life today.
After years of commercial hostility to the celebration of the birth of Christ, and insistence on the generic term "Happy Holidays," I notice a change this year. In the recent past employees were forbidden from uttering the apparently contemptible words "Merry Christmas." This year is different. Everywhere I shopped employees were going out of their way to wish me an emphatic "Merry Christmas." It was palpable. Why do you think that is?