I wrote this article several years ago when I was administrator of a Christian school. It was published in the school’s monthly newsletter.
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“And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory” (I Timothy 3:16, New American Standard Bible).
Each year it seems more and more as if the Lord Jesus Christ is being excluded from the holiday that purports to celebrate His birth. His name is not even permitted in certain places, and anything which has any kind of a ring of being “religious” is systematically removed from every phase of official life. In some quarters, even the term “Christmas Break” has been replaced by “Winter Break.” There are those who refuse to recognize the birth of the Savior but celebrate the “Winter Solstice” as an excuse to “party.” It has become utterly ludicrous that people celebrate a holiday but totally ignore the One to Whom that holiday is supposedly dedicated.
The story of Christmas is the story of Jesus Christ. It does not end in a manger in
It does not even begin there. It begins in eternity past. God the Son, Jesus
Christ, is the great Creator of the universe. Yet, he willingly humbled himself
to be born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and become a perfect, sinless human
being. He came because of the His great love for us. There is certainly no
other reason for His having done this. He lived for thirty-three years, doing
good, healing the sick, raising the dead, preaching and teaching among the
people. He never did even the slightest wrong thing, yet sinful, rebellious
mankind accused Him of all sorts of crimes and condemned Him to death. Never in
their wildest imaginations did any of these individuals realize that the hand
of God was at work, even in the many lies they told about Him. God is so wise
that He can use even the sinfulness of man to bring about His will, and that is
just what He did in the trial and execution of His Son. Jesus Christ came to
this earth to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, yet He said of Judas, who
betrayed Him, “The
Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom
the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not
been born.” (Matthew 26:24, NASB)
How can this be? Because God is
absolutely sovereign, and His plan cannot be thwarted. Even the rebellion and
foolishness of man play right into the hands of Him Who ultimately controls
everything. What a comfort for the Christian! Bethlehem
In the single most significant event in all of history, the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after He was crucified. This made the salvation of all believers totally and permanently secure. Nothing and no one can ever change that. Satan, sin, and death are defeated foes which are only temporarily present. They cannot ultimately do us any harm. The skeptics often claim the Resurrection is a hoax, but it is, in fact, a historical fact of absolute status. It is more provable and demonstrable, even outside of the realm of faith, than a very large percentage of other historical facts. This single fact vindicates the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It proves who He is, and it proves what He did. It proves the Bible to be true from cover to cover, from the literal creation of the universe and all it contains, to the ultimate judgment of all humans and the culmination of all temporal things into eternity future. This fact of the Resurrection totally validates the sinfulness of man, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the need in the heart of all people for the salvation which only He can provide. It makes foolish all the arguments of ungodly men and challenges them with the haunting question of the Roman Governor, Pilate, who asked the crowd, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22, NASB). Every human being must personally answer this question. There will be no exceptions.
At this special time of year, please consider Jesus Christ and what He has already done for you. Often, people get depressed around the holidays. Yet, all that He has done for us gives us every reason to be anything but depressed. He has proven the great love of God for each one of us. Nothing further must be done in order for God to prove He loves us. It has already been done. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”(Romans 5:8, NASB). You need Him as your Savior. If you come to Him, He will give you eternal life, which is His great gift to you. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, NASB). “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...” (I Corinthians 15:1-4, NASB).