Thursday, February 21, 2019

Both H.E.A.R.T. and Ministry and Manners will be held today as scheduled.

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Christmas for the Christian

Is Christmas worth celebrating? What is the real value of Christmas? What should be a Christian’s focus at Christmas? Could we have Christmas without the truth behind it? To answer these questions, we must come to a Bible conclusion, and that is the true reason for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ is worthy of our worship, praise, and adoration.

Matthew 2:2 (KJV)
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

We could not celebrate Christmas in a spiritual sense without the birth of Christ. Christmas is about worship of the King. This is the focus of Christmas. This is the value of Christmas. This is the story of Christmas!! Worship involves giving him our attention, giving him our best in service, singing songs that exalt him, praising Him for Who He is, and committing to Him our lives. Worship is not just attending a service, worship involves me honoring Him in all facets of life. So Christmas is to be a time of celebration not a time of depression because of the birth of the King! Christmas has great value because it is the recognition that a Saviour came to the world. The Focus of Christmas should be Christ who came to dwell among men and die in our place for our sins. Christmas is a time of great reminders that focus believers on Christ.

Christmas reminds us of the greatest Announcement

Announcements can be good and announcements can be bad but to say that there is an announcement that is the greatest puts that one announcement in the superlative form. In Luke 2, we have the greatest announcement ever given. When the angel said, “…fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people…” The reason it is the greatest announcement ever given is that the announcement is for all people down throughout history, and it is the announcement of a Saviour, of which there has only ever been one Saviour – one that has the ability to save people from their sin. It was the birth of this Saviour that transformed the world and man’s future.

Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

But Christmas not only reminds us of the greatest announcement, it reminds us of the greatest atonement.

Christmas reminds us of the greatest Atonement

Matthew 1:21 (KJV)
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Atonement refers to the forgiving or pardoning of sin through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, enabling the reconciliation between God and man

While Matthew 1:21 tells the end result of salvation, being saved from sin, 1 Peter 1:18-19 tells us the means by which Christ suffered so that our sins could be atoned for.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV)
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Hebrews 9:22 (KJV)
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

It took the precious blood of Christ to atone for man’s sin. It was costly, painful, and dreadful. Yet, Christ came to earth to shed his blood so that our sins could be atoned for.

While Christmas reminds us of the greatest announcement and it reminds us of the greatest atonement, it also reminds us of the greatest access.

Christmas reminds us of the Greatest Access

If you had unlimited access to a bank vault to get money whenever you need it, you may think that is the greatest access in life. If you had access to the President of the United States at anytime of day, you would certainly think that is very special access. If you had access to the greatest doctor in the world for any health concern you might have, you may think that to be great access. However, when Jesus came to earth and was born of a virgin and died and rose again, he made it possible for all of mankind to have access to the very throne of God directly. This truly is the greatest access any man could have

Romans 5:1-2 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Access means privilege and availability. Access means someone cares – that someone is God, the Father. What a privilege it is for the believer to come into God’s presence on the merits of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Without Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection, no man would have access to God directly. Oh, what a joy it is to celebrate Christmas giving man the greatest access – Access to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

As you celebrate Christmas, remember the greatest announcement, remember the greatest atonement, and remember the greatest access – all provided in the birth, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ – To him be glory both now and forever! Amen!

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