Weekend Preview | Why Christmas?: Part 1 – Hope for the Hopeless


By Daniel Shafer

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And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37-39

You probably recognize this verse, it’s from Matthew 22 when Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. It was meant as a trap by the Pharisees. As Jesus deftly sidestepped the trap, he also gave the basis for all commandments, rules, and the ideal He wants for us.

As we approach Christmas, the day that has been set apart to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we need to take a step back and really examine how we view these two commandments: to see how we follow them or if we are even willing to follow them.

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