What is the true meaning of Christmas?

Matthew’s Gospel tells us about the birth of Jesus:

This is how the birth of Jesus happened. His mother Mary had promised to marry Joseph.

They had not yet had sex together. But it was clear that she was going to have a baby. She became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Her husband Joseph was a good man. He did not want people to think bad things about her. So he decided to divorce her secretly. But, as Joseph was thinking about this, the Lord’s messenger appeared to him in a dream.

‘Joseph, son of David’, the Lord’s messenger said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife. The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit. She will have a son. You must give him the name “Jesus”. That is because he will save his people from their sins.’ All this happened because of what the Lord had said to the prophet long ago. It came true. ‘The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son’, God had said. ‘They will call him “Immanuel”.’ This name means “God is with us”.

Joseph woke up. Then he did what the Lord’s messenger had ordered. He took Mary home as his wife. But he did not have sex with her until after her son was born. And Joseph gave him the name ‘Jesus’. (Matthew 1:18-25)

John’s gospel tells us why God gave us Jesus:

Then everyone who believes in him may have life that never ends. God loved all the people of the world very much. He gave his Son to save them. All those who believe in his Son will have this life’. (John 3:15-16)

To find out more, read the beginning of Luke’s Gospel

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