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Christmas Represents God's Overall Plan of Redemption
Christmas is almost here. “Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year," is a song on the top 10 list that we hear every year at this time. When else can you go into stores and hear some of the greatest Christian songs ever written being played like “Joy to the World”, or “Oh Come All Be Faithful”? At Christmas we see nativity scenes that remind us of the birth of Jesus. People talk about loving one another as God loved us by sending His Son to the earth.
We are reminded of values that are important to us, but we forget about them or give them less attention during other times of the year. And if it weren’t for the Christmas holidays, many family relationships would be worse than they are. For many, this is the only time of the year families attempt to come together as a whole and try to get along.
The Christmas celebration of Jesus’ birth is a great victory. Each year at Christmas, plays, pageants, and musical productions tell us about the shepherds and wise men who came to welcome Jesus. “’Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us’" (Matt. 1:23).
When the conception of Jesus was announced to Joseph the angel told him that a son would be born who would be called Immanuel - God with us. The phrase "God is with us" is the coming of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was God in the flesh, who had taken on human form for our sake (Jn. 3:16-17). Matthew tells us that the virgin conception was not something new, but that it had been predicted by the prophet Isaiah. God is now with us, and wants to save everyone that none shall perish (2 Pet. 3:9). Jesus was the fulfillment of what the Old Testament prophets had predicted. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Lk. 1:34-35; Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2:4-6)
However, Christmas is much more than saying, “Happy birthday, Jesus.” It points towards Easter. It wasn’t Jesus’ birth that saved us; it was His death – and not only that He died, but also that He was raised from the dead. You can’t be saved just believing that Jesus died, you must also believe that God raised Him from the dead (Rom. 10:9-10). Christmas represents a debt that is owed but cannot be paid by those who are in debt. Christmas refers to a cross on which the debt for our sin was paid, and Jesus declared, "It is finished!" or "Paid in full!"
Jesus paid our personal debt for us with His life. Yet we cannot inherit God's Kingdom until we are born again (Jn. 3: 3; 5; 7). Christmas is really more than just a baby in a manger. We should think of Christmas along the lines of God’s overall plan of redemption: His birth, His resurrection, His Gift of Eternal life - a New Life given to us through the Holy Spirit.
If you really want to give the best gift in the world to someone you care about, have them decide to follow Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Praying with someone to receive the Gift of Salvation is the best thing you can do for them this Christmas. The Gift of Salvation is also the Gift of Resurrection: a glorified life with God for eternity in heaven (Jn. 11:25-26; Lk. 23:42-43). Without the Gift of Salvation, Christmas is meaningless.
Be encouraged this Christmas and pray with someone to receive all that Jesus bought and paid for on the Cross at Calvary (Jn. 7:38- 39). Then talk to them about getting Baptized in the Holy Spirit and receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 says that Jesus also wants to give us the Holy Spirit as a Gift to help us live the New Life that He has planned for us. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit** (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12) allow us to do signs, wonders and miracles (Mk. 16:16-18).
Regardless of what you do this Christmas, share the real Christmas with someone who needs to have a relationship with Jesus.
Merry Christmas to all and God’s blessings to you and your family!
** Learn more about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit here: The 15 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Infographic.
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"sanctify her (him), having cleansed her (him) by the washing of water with the Word" (Ephesians 5:26).
This does not mean to force the unbeliever to read the Bible; this does not mean to force anyone to go to church or nag the person to become a Christian; and this does not mean to point out faults and sins to force repentance (1 Cor 13:4–8). It does mean to let the Word of God flow through you like water; to let your faith and works be one or as James reminds us...
"For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead" (James 2:26).
"For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband [by leading him to Christ]? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife [by leading her to Christ]? Only, let each one live the life which the Lord has assigned him, and to which God has called him [for each person is unique and is accountable for his choices and conduct, let him walk in this way]. This is the rule I make in all the churches" (1 Corinthians 7:16, 17). AMP
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