Christmas

Luke 2:6 - 14
 

 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


 

Doubtless these verses are being read in many churches throughout the world today as Christians gather together in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ. Somewhere in the history of man it became the norm to honor a person’s life accomplishments by recognizing their day of birth. As young children we learn that a person’s birthday is special. Mom and dad always had a party for us. We ate ice cream and cake and got presents to open. Birthdays became special days. We acknowledge a loved ones birthday with a card, a present, a dinner or maybe even a party. And when the greatest man who ever lived didn’t have recorded exactly what day he was born, one was chosen for him - December 25th. For hundreds of years people have gathered together on this appointed day to remember Jesus. We, on the other hand, do not need a special day set aside to remember Jesus, for we remember him every day. We remember him in our daily prayers, in our daily actions, in our daily words, in our daily readings and in our daily meditations, as true believers and disciples of Jesus Christ rejoice to do.


Every day we celebrate his birth, his life, his obedience to God in dying on the cross, his resurrection from death, his ascension into heaven and his promise to return for us.
 

Acts 1:6-11
 

6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


This is the hope that fuels our passion for Jesus. And our passion is to keep him always in our daily life….we do this by remembering why he was born into this world…


We daily remember that Jesus was born into this world as the Savior of all of mankind.
John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world as a demonstration of God's Love. 1 John 4:10, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to die on the cross. John 12:27, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour."
 

We daily remember that Jesus was born into the world to do the Will of His Father. John 6:38, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to prepare for his kingship and bear witness to the truth. John 18:37, "Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world because the Father sent Him. John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."
 

We daily remember that Jesus was born into the world to be a Light in the world. John 12:46, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world that men might have the Abundant Life. John 10:10, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to Judge the world. John 9:39, "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost. Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
 

We daily remember that Jesus was born into the world to call sinners to repentance. Mark 2:17, "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to proclaim the Good News about the Kingdom of God. Mark 1:38, "And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth."
 

We daily remember that Jesus was born into the world to demonstrate humility and give himself a ransom for sin. Matthew 20:28, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to fulfill the law. Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." “ Romans 8:3-4, "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Galatians 4:4-5, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
 

We daily remember that Jesus came into the world to bless us by turning us from our iniquities. Acts 3:26, "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities".
 

We live a life in constant celebration when we live it in joyful obedience to God. Not something we have to do or something we are expected to do but something we want to do. That promotes daily celebration and rejoicing.

We do not need a special day to remember who reconciled us to God, who redeemed us from the law, who took away our sins and who has given us the hope of eternal life with God. John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Even though we don’t need a special day, I do rejoice that more voices are added to ours this day in giving praise unto God. A prelude, if you will, when the whole earth will sing praises to the great and glorious God of creation.
 

 

Nick Kneffler


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