Over 2000 years ago, God came to earth. Humanity did not know who He was, for John 1:10 states, He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. This included the innkeeper at Bethlehem who posted a “No Vacancy” sign on his hotel door at the visit of the Lord Jesus Christ (see Luke 2:7).
This same spiritual ignorance makes modern man lock the door of his mind and heart to the Savior of the world. Instead of falling on his knees in grateful appreciation of the fact that God came to earth to save him from his sin, he listens to the whisperings of Satan who says, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die.”
Thus, mankind celebrates God’s entrance into the world by hosting the bottle and crying, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” Little does he realize that booze can only produce a “Marred Christmas and a Heart-ache Saturated New Year!”
Nevertheless, liquor-filled, sex-oriented celebrations will again dominate the scene internationally this year. Within weeks following the commemoration of Christ’s birth, the abortion mills will be ridding the world of unwanted pregnancies promiscuously conceived during the holidays. Had they been holy days instead of holidays, this never would have happened.
The wrong God will be honored. Santa Claus, named after the pagan god Thor, will be on the throne instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. All the paganistic activities involving liquor and revelry will again be the rage of the season, and all that will remain is the fruit of practiced iniquities.
While Santa and Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, vie for first place in the hearts of multitudes, the precious Lord, whose birthday it is, will be buried under the discarded gift wrappings the world so eagerly and greedily exchanged. How sad it is that the world still has no room for Jesus. One would think that humanity would have learned something after nearly twenty centuries.
Even more alarming is the way genuine Christians put the festivities first and the Savior last. How many Christians have a Family Altar on Christmas Day? I am not referring to the “quick ditty” muttered at mealtime, “Lord, bless this bunch as we munch on our lunch.” This prayer only insults the God who gave so much. Rather, I am talking about a time when the story of Christ is shared with the entire family. What a shame when the children hear all about Saint Nick, but are not acquainted with our God and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ (see Titus 2:13).
I challenge you to put Christ first on His birthday this year. May I include the following outline for the family to share? Use this editorial on Christmas Day.
• Matthew 1:18-25
• Matthew 2:1-11
• Luke 1:26-38
• Luke 2:1-14
After reading these passages from God’s Word, read the following verses. They present the true meaning of Christmas, and complete the story of Christ’s deity and mission
• Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever (Romans 9:5)
• Great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16)
• [He] took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:7,8)
• It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul (Leviticus 17:11). The reason Christ took a body was that He might shed His blood for sinners.
• Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission [of sin] (Hebrews 9:22). Animal blood could not take away sin – only cover the sin until the greatest sacrifice took place. This was in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
• For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he [Christ] cometh into the world, he saith … a body thou hast prepared me (Hebrews 10:4,5).
In this body He would take away sin (see John 1:29). This He did at Calvary when He died for the sins of the entire world. Because God came to earth in a body with blood, and because He shed that blood, sinners can find forgiveness. This is why Revelation 1:5 declares, Unto him [Christ] that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Paul could say in 2 Corinthians 9:15, Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
At this point your family should pray with praise-filled hearts, thanking God for the gift of His Son.
December 24, 2012