Christmas – A Time For …?
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9- And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord..” -Luke 2:8-11 (NKJV)
Christmas is just a few days away and many are preparing in all sorts of ways – in nations, customs, cultures, families and even in the workplace. To many religious folks this is a time that Jesus Christ was born into the world but in reality this is not the time He was born. Unfortunately, the Roman Catholic church created this celebration from an ancient pagan custom and have deceived many to the point that today, in America and Germany (I know these places because I’ve lived and do live in them), the real meaning of Christmas (not the time of year) has become extinct. Our Western culture has jettisoned the birth of the Son of the Living God for toys, pretty decorated trees, shop-to-you-drop mentality, stealing and a host of other malformed [and evil] ways. Such to the point that the celebration of Christ’s birth has become twisted and distorted beyond recognition. We celebrate presents, giving, receiving, lots of imbibing and mega-eating. This is not the meaning of Christmas.
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” -Isa 7:14 (KJV)
How pathetic and sad! How the religious culture here in America (and many other nations) has shamed the name of God and hidden the real meaning behind a glamorized holiday instead of Jesus’ arrival on the earth and His sacrifice for mankind.
We have replaced this awesome celebration of Jesus birth (regardless of when it was) with parades, parties, movies, dramas, lights of all kinds and worst of all our Christian churches have followed secular Christianity and lost their way in recognizing and teaching the real meaning of Christmas.
Jesus was born for us … to show us the way of and to the Father and in doing this His great, unfathomable, love for us provided the ultimate sacrifice of Himself paying the penalty of our sin by His death on the Cross of Calvary.
“And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45- And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46- I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47- If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48- The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49- For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50- And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” -John 12:44-50 (ESV)
Please consider these words of Scripture very reverently and carefully. They are eternal.
The birth of Jesus was the greatest event of all time. It was also the greatest gift that could be given to mankind. It was equally the greatest display of love that the God of all the Universe could show to a [sinful] mankind. We should be celebrating these things in churches and throughout the world. Gifts are nice but they have replaced the Savior with a highly endorsed, publicized and elevated commercialism that is unparalleled in terms of human distraction of the truth of God’s word. How sad.
“But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” -Matt 1:20-21 (NASB)
The entire Bible is about Jesus and why, where and how He would come to earth. From Genesis to Revelation we study and learn just how great an event and gift this was and is to us yesterday and most assuredly today.
So the big question is where are you at with Christmas? Will you continue to engage in a worldly celebration of this exceptional gift to mankind? Will your tree lights shine brighter than the light of love for our Lord in your heart? Will you spend more on gifts and less on telling others the Good News of Christ’s birth? Will God Almighty look down upon all of us and be proud of how we are celebrating the birth of His Son, our Savior this Christmas season.
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
GLORY TO GOD!