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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 22

ABCs of Christmas (U) – Luke 2:10

Who are you including this Christmas?

The “U” of Christmas is Universal. This word is not found in the Bible, but the meaning is found all through it. The angel that appeared to the shepherds said, “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people (Luke 2:10).

People in all countries of the world celebrate Christmas, even though it must be done secretly in some places. Many people do not even know much about the birth of Christ or what it means to them, but they still celebrate it.

Christmas is a time when love should be shown to all people. The golden text of the Bible says, “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” (John 3:16). God’s gift of His Son was to the world—not to any specific nationality or group of people.

Jesus was born into a Jewish family, but notice that the Wise Men who came to worship Him were not Jews. Also notice that God led them to where the child was, and He warned them to go home without reporting to Herod.

Christmas is a time when most people enjoy some time together with their family. However, it is also an opportunity to include others. If Jesus had just been born and you had seen Him, would you keep the news to yourself, or would you tell everyone you meet about the good news? Which do you think would please the Lord most?

When the shepherds “had seen [Jesus], they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds” (Luke 2:17, 18).

Many of the present problems in the world today would not exist if believers had shared the Christmas story with everyone in the world. Who are you including in your Christmas this year?