Palestinian Christian children wear festive hats as they light candles inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Tourists from all over the world flocked to Jesus' traditional birthplace on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Christmas has always been a favorite of mine, until the year 2000. Mother died on the same day that Jesus Christ was born, 2,000 years ago. When she passed away at 4:30 a.m. on that Christmas morn, life was never the same.

Jesus came 20 centuries ago, and history was changed forever. When He came, for more than 30 years, He walked on this earth and nothing has been the same since. He split time itself in two. That’s the real importance of the year 2000. Remember that special night, all that happened in Bethlehem on a bleak winter night 20 centuries ago.

Have you ever considered the many things that would never have happened without the sacrifice made by Jesus? Let us take a look at a few Bible stories that we would have missed out on.

What if Jesus Christ had not been born in Bethlehem; walked the dusty roads of Judea; not uttered the Sermon on the Mount; not walked on water; not made the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk; never raised the dead?

We have his words to comfort us, to challenge us, to teach us, and to lead us to God. What if he had not died on the cross; never rose from the dead; never sent his disciples out into the world, and on and on — where would we be? And what kind of world would this be? How would things be different if he had not come to save all of us?

Scripture talks about it this way: “If I had not come” what would have happened? (John 15:22)

In another scripture, it says “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law.” (Galatians 4:4)

In America, we are free to worship. Christians, Jews, Latter-Day Saints, Seven Day Adventists, Brahma Kamari and many others take advantage of the amazing opportunities each of us have to live in communities, showing love, providing assistance where you can, helping the needy and doing what Jesus would do.

Let us take a look at some of the Scriptures that documents this historic occasion. In the book of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 11-14, it says “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

What if He had not come? We can’t even begin to imagine what this world would be like today. Would this world even exist?

These are questions none of us can answer. Meanwhile, just be your very best self; someone others can depend on. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Set new goals for yourself, sticking with those goals that were given to you by God, making moves on that goal, even when you don’t feel like doing it.

On an aside: Though it’s Christmastime in the city, please shop carefully. It is good to show the love, but don’t spend up money you should be using to pay off credit cards, unless you have already paid them down, and now you have a little wiggle room to buy a few special gifts.

Here is wishing each and every one of you a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Visit her website,, send comments to, or call 240-602-6291. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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