December 25, 2015

Why we shouldn’t stop saying "Merry Christmas" -- and how to find the greatest gift we can ever receive

Brian LilleyArchive

Merry Christmas. It’s a simple saying, one that too often today we are afraid to say so let me say it to you again, Merry Christmas. 

Today is the feast of Jesus, the Christ child. Amid all the ribbons and tags, packages, boxes and bags it can be easy to forget the Christ child, but he is central to this day whether you recognize it or not, whether you are part of all ye faithful gathering to worship him this day. A child that came 2,000 years ago to save the world, to show us a better way.

It’s hard for some who think for whatever reason that they are excluded from this. I’ll admit at times churches, and the people that make up various churches, have excluded people, suggesting you have to be almost perfect to be welcomed, but that isn’t the case. The Christ child came for you too.

I believe we had one perfect person on this planet ever and we crucified him, about 33 years after her was born in a manger.

If the story of Jesus’ arrival doesn’t tell you that he came for the wayward, the broken, the lost, the misfits, then I don’t know what does.

Here was the king of the Jews, the promised one, the Messiah who, instead of riding in on white steeds and a chariot of gold, coming to us from Herod’s temple, he came to us, born of a young woman, in a backwater town, in a stable. He came among the common people, among the shepherds.

I’m a fallen person like you, far from perfect, but I know he came for me and for you.

The question is, do we let him in, do we make room for him in our inn, in our lives.

It’s something I struggle with, like most people. I will struggle with it in 2016 as I did in 2015 and every year before it.

Today though I leave you with this. Whether you are surrounded by family and friends, whether you are alone know that you are loved, loved by the one that was sent from on high for each and every one of us.

It is the greatest gift any of use can receive, we just need to open our hearts.


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commented 2015-12-28 12:38:03 -0500
Thank you Brian. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
commented 2015-12-27 13:56:26 -0500
Thank you Brian. Merry Christmas. God bless you
commented 2015-12-27 10:46:46 -0500
Merry Christmas and I hope everyone had a great Christmas
commented 2015-12-26 16:44:34 -0500
Merry Christmas Brian and to everyone else here too.
commented 2015-12-26 04:30:54 -0500
Very well said Brian,
Thank you and Merry Christmas
commented 2015-12-26 03:06:32 -0500
I sure do like the way THEREBEL has done Christmas…thank you Brian and THEREBEL staff…Merry Christmas…
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
commented 2015-12-26 01:49:16 -0500
Merry Christmas Brian. Thanks for all of the articles you have done since the start of the Rebel and before that on Sun News.
commented 2015-12-26 01:35:41 -0500
Merry Christmas Brian. Keep speaking truth.
commented 2015-12-25 19:54:40 -0500
Well said, Brian. Merry Christmas to you and all the Rebel staff…. And to everyone reading this post…. Merry Christmas , Everyone!!!
commented 2015-12-25 19:16:24 -0500
That was very well said Brian. A Merry Christmas to You.
commented 2015-12-25 18:38:28 -0500
Within the struggle, their is much hope. Thanks for sharing this Brian.
commented 2015-12-25 18:29:30 -0500
thankyou brian, and everyone do not stop saying merry christmas and that is politically correct
commented 2015-12-25 16:14:32 -0500
Thank-you Brian. May you and yours enjoy Peace and Joy, brought by the Christ in Christmas, today, the rest of the year, and for the whole of a Happy New Year! I enjoy your postings. It is nice to get news from a person you know is doing their best to be a person of integrity. At our Christmas Eve service, our Pastor quoted from Henry W. Longfellow’s poem, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which was written when the world seemed to be in great distress, as ours is today. " God is not dead nor does He sleep… The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with Peace on Earth, goodwill to men." Keep up the good work all of you at The Rebel.
commented 2015-12-25 15:46:22 -0500
I’m agnostic myself, but I’ve made it a point to say “Merry Christmas” this year and I couldn’t care less if anyone is offended by it. Christmas is a beautiful part of Canadian culture and always will be. You don’t have to be religious to celebrate Christmas, but the fact remains that it’s the Christian religion that started this wonderful holiday, and so it should and will always be called Christmas.
commented 2015-12-25 15:38:39 -0500
Merry Christmas Brian and God bless you and your family.
commented 2015-12-25 13:22:10 -0500
Brian, this is an excellent post. I could not agree more. The mainstream media has been trying to change our culture by: shaming Christians…making us bent backwards…changing our vocabulary….ridicule…trying to be politically correct models for us ….topic avoidance, and the list of tricks go on and on. Christmas is part of Canadian culture – a good culture as many immigrants have proven by coming here. Our laws are based on Judeo-Christian values. How we relate to each other is based on norms, which in turn are based on written and unwritten laws. Jesus Christ came to give abundant life to those who will receive it. Celebrating the coming of Christ has meaning for both Christians and non-Christians.
commented 2015-12-25 13:07:01 -0500
Thanks Brian
May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas!
commented 2015-12-25 12:36:13 -0500
Merry Christmas Brian! Well said.