12/23/2015 12:30 PM Filed in: Holidays | Devotionals
This year we have really been challenged to do a retake at what Christmas is really all about, to define it more realistically. To look beyond what normally comes to mind when we think of Christmas.
Obviously we've known the real meaning of Christmas since day 1, yet, as we can do with anything, we can let the historical account of Christmas become old to us.
What we mean by that is we have all heard it a thousand times, we can allow ourselves to start thinking what can we possibly learn from hearing it again? We all probably have practically memorized the Christmas story.
Newsflash: A passage of Scripture never gets old, there is always something to be learned.
How could the historical account of Christmas ever become old to us? Just think about it, God, the Creator of everything we see, directly or indirectly, who made everything just by speaking it into existence, and is complete without anyone else and is dependent on no one, came into the world as a helpless baby. God in the flesh, choosing to come and live with a bunch of sinful, depraved, wicked, self-centered, God-hating humans.
He deserved the best lodging we could give Him, yet there wasn't even a guest room available for Him, just a manager. He deserved every world leader to be present on the night of His birth, but shepherds, considered the lowest in society, were the ones who visited Him that night. Every throne should have been vacated and turned over to Him, instead, king Herod attempted to murder the King of kings.
Jesus could have entered the world with all the fame and accolade He deserved, but He didn't. He chose to take on the nature of a servant, in order to save us from our sins. (Philippians 2:5-11)
We love to sing songs such as "Silent Night" and "Away in a Manager," yet, this baby in the manger on that silent night was hear to live a sinless life and to be brutally killed on a cross. Jesus came down to this earth fully knowing that was His destiny. What a love we are loved with! He came not to die for His friends and followers, but His enemies, which we were each one of. (Romans 5:6-8)
That is what the historical account of Christmas is all about. That never gets old!
Without Christmas there would be Easter, without Easter there would be no Thanksgiving, because we would all be on our reckless, headlong race towards Hell without any thought of being thankful. Without Christmas we would all be heading to a godless eternity in a place of endless torment and suffering.
Praise the Lord that Jesus chose to go through the most gruesome death possible to save depraved sinners like us! Words cannot express our gratitude for this day! (Ephesians 1:3, Romans 11:33-36)
Yet, we weren't just saved so we could have fire insurance from Hell. We were saved so we could pull others from the darkness into the marvelous light. (Proverbs 11:30b) What does this world have to offer us? Fame fades, money is never enough, stuff breaks and wears out, cars depreciate, gold and silver can be corroded, relationships can dissolve, power can be lost, health can fail, iPhones and other technology become outdated, trends will pass, and life on this earth doesn't go on forever and will ultimately come to an end.
Jesus Christ will never fade, He will always be enough, He will never wear out, He is invaluable, His love will never end, He is all-powerful, His strength never fails, He never becomes outdated, He will never cease to exist, and He is the only answer to all we need and truly desire!
May we remember that in our daily lives. We are not here for anything this world has to offer, we are here to save souls, bringing our God glory!
We have seen, heard, read, and studied the Bible enough to know this, if we each truly live sold-out lives for the Lord, we will change the world.
But you don't change the world without paying a high cost. Satan has been spending trillions to influence the world through movies, music, books, peer pressure, the pleasures of this world, wealth, technology, cheap thrills, "easy" shortcuts, and things that keep us distracted from God and His Word.
To change the world we need to lay everything on the table. Ultimately our life, but let us break that down; money, health, relationships, "our" time, house, comfort, technology, stuff in general, choice of entertainment, choice of friends, and ultimately it may even cost us our life.
It may sound like a high cost, but if surrendering all in our lives would allow us just to pluck one soul from the fires of Hell, it would be worth it. Eternity without God is a long time.
Besides, that is what Jesus did. He chose to give up everything to change the world, even our eternal destinies. This life is so short and temporal, statistics show that on average eighty years is all we get.
When one day we look into the eyes of the One who saved us from our despicable, wicked selves, we want to be able to give a competent account of our lives. The scariest verse in the Bible for a Christian is Romans 14:12. "So then, each of us will give an account of himself [herself] to God."
When we look into my Savior's eyes He is not going to ask us about our fame, popularity, riches, or knowledge. He's going to ask us, "What did you do for Me?" We want to be able to say truthfully in that moment, that yes, we screwed up at times, but ultimately we gave our all. We don't want to realize in that moment we held back from giving our all. The ultimate goal of our lives is to hear our Savior say to us, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." To hear those words from the One who gave His all to save us, that is what we are living for!
To God alone be the glory throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen and amen!
Merry Christmas! No happy holidays, We don't believe in political correctness, rather we believe in spiritual correctness. With that being said,
Merry Christmas to all and once again, to God alone be the glory!