C.S. Lewis wrote of a funny experience his brother Warnie had while riding on an English double-decker bus one day during the Christmas season. The bus passed a church with a manger scene outside of it, and Warnie overhead a woman exclaim: “‘Lor’, they’re dragging religion into everything these days: look, they’re even dragging it into Christmas now!”

But celebrating Jesus is not “dragging” religion into Christmas; the true meaning of Christmas is what God did for us in Jesus Christ, the baby in that manger. What did He do? Matthew 1:21 gives us the answer, as the angel told Joseph: “You shall call His name ‘Jesus’, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Shawn Thomas is pastor of First Baptist Church in Angleton. Contact him at pastor@fbcangleton.com.

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