Monday, January 6, 2014

Who Is The Christ of Christmas

His birth is far more important and significant than the birth of any other person who ever lived on planet earth and whoever will live on planet earth. Pilate said of Him. “I find no fault in this man” (Luke 23:4). Judas, His betrayer said, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood” (Matt. 27:4). The centurion said, “Certainly this was a righteous man” (Luke 23:47). John the Baptist, His forerunner said, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Peter said to Christ, You are, “the Christ of God” (Luke 9:20). Doubting Thomas said of Christ that He was “Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 8:39). God the Father declared of Christ, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).

Christ, for many, is no longer the heart, the center, of the Christmas celebration. More and more commercialism has taken the Christ of the Bible out of Christmas for many. He has been replaced by things which often distract from Him instead of giving honor and exaltation to Him. In some public places it is considered illegal to have nativity scenes and nativity plays and even to sing Christmas carols.

[Next year] Let’s make every effort to teach our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren the true meaning of Christmas. Let’s put Christ back into Christmas and keep Him there. We must never forget that the Christ of Christmas was born of Mary and became the God-Man who died in the sinner’s place and was victorious over the grave.