Without Jesus, There IS NO Christmas!

December 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM 1 comment

Whether atheists or foolish people will ever be willing to admit it or not, Jesus Christ is THE reason for Christmas, period.  I’m well aware of the push to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” because the very word “Christmas” is offensive to so many.  Ask me if I care?

The word “holiday” is actually made up of two words:  “holy” and “day” so even when people resort to trying to be non-offensive, they’re only non-offensive to the uneducated.

Jesus Christ was born over 2,000 years ago in the city of Bethlehem.  He was born in fulfillment of too many Scriptures to note here.  As God, Jesus was incarnated into the world for a specific purpose; a purpose many continue to reject today.

We learn from Paul, in his letter to the Colossians why Jesus came into this world in the first place.  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven,” (Colossians 1:15-20, NASB).

“For by Him…” and “Him” here refers back to Jesus Christ.  It was by Jesus Christ that all things were created, for Him and through Him.  In other words, Jesus is the Creator of all things.  He not only created all things, but He created them for Himself.  Everything He created was meant to bring glory to Him, the Creator.  Unfortunately, free will sullied His Creation.  It happened first through the fall of Lucifer (Satan) and after that, sin entered the world through Adam (cf. Romans 5:12).  So, while Satan brought sin into God’s Creation, it was Adam who introduced sin into this world; this planet.

But what is fascinating is that God in Christ immediately set out to correct the wrong and bring righteousness back to His Creation so that it would ultimately, bring Him tremendous glory.  He did this by becoming man; literally wrapping Himself (clothing Himself) with humanity, while retaining all of His deity.

He lived on this planet for some 30 years, never sinning, never falling, never giving into the temptations that constantly came His way.  I sin.  So do you.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve sinned today.  I will likely sin tomorrow and the next day, and the day after that.  Unfortunately, I will sin until the day I die.  What separates me from an unsaved person is that because of my faith in Jesus and what He accomplished for me, Christ’s righteousness is literally imputed to my “account.”  That means that even though I am a sinner (because I have a sin nature), God sees Jesus’ righteousness when He looks at me.  For the unsaved person, this is not the case.  What God sees is their complete lack of righteousness.

Though God continues to love people – even those who are not yet saved – He sees them as being unrighteous.  It is what defines them and until or unless they come to terms with the reality that they cannot save themselves and submit to Christ, God will always see them as unrighteous.  If left in this condition, they will be treated as God is going to treat all unrighteousness – He will “destroy” it – eternally.  I know that sounds odd, but man’s soul is eternal and will not be destroyed.  It will simply be put in a place where fire will attempt (but fail) to purify it forever and ever.

Yet, people have a choice, don’t they?  That choice allows them to receive or reject Jesus Christ.  Though He has always existed as God the Son in the Godhead, He became incarnate Man through His physical and human birth a few thousand years ago.  It was because of this that He lived, He grew, He died, and He rose again – all because He remained sinless throughout all of His earthly life.  At the end of His life, He willingly laid down His life on Calvary’s cross in order to fulfill the final aspects of the law and prophecies related to salvation here on earth.

Once Jesus died, He rose because the grave was unable to hold Him.  This was due to the fact that He remained perfect and was/is the Creator.  How could death hold the One who created it?  Impossible.

So Christians celebrate Christmas because it kicks off the very start of Jesus’ meaningful and perfect life on this earth.  It was a life so perfect and so meaningful that the sacrifice of His life was enough.  It was enough to offer a complete propitiation for our sin.  It was enough to offer us eternal life.  It was enough.

Christmas is not about giving or getting presents, though we share in that.  It is not about singing Christmas carols and wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas.”

Christmas is recognizing that without the birth of Jesus (even though it likely occurred in September a few years earlier), there would be no chance of salvation.  God didn’t want to leave it like that.  He made the rules and the rules were meant to be kept.  Man – in Adam – broke the rules and fell.  Jesus was born into this life to fulfill what Adam could not.  Having done everything perfectly, Jesus offered Himself on the rough-hewn wood of Calvary’s cross.

Those who believe in what He has done receive salvation.  It is a spiritual birth; a birth from above (John 3).  Have you received it?  Have you received Him?  If not, then why are you even bothering to celebrate Christmas?  Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and if you don’t know Him that’s like going to a complete stranger’s birthday party simply because you want some cake.

Jesus died so that you might have the opportunity to live eternally.  Would you please take the time to look into this?  Would you ask God to open your eyes so that you might know that He is who He says He is and that He came to give you life abundantly?

Paul tells us in his great letter to the Romans that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,” (Romans 10:9).  Do you believe that Jesus is God?  Do you believe His death was accomplished for you?  Do you believe that it is because He shed His blood for us that we do not have to continue living without His salvation?

Please take the time to understand what Jesus’ birth truly means.  It’s actually about what God in Jesus did for you and for me.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Lester  |  December 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    This has been an old argument about “the reason for the season”.
    To the world the reason for the season is the yule tide, Santa Claus winter solstice, birth or rebirth of the sun and many other pagan celebrations since time immemorial! We know from history that the Roman Catholic Church created this time of celebration to appease the newly converted pagans and incorporated many customs of the people to make them feel comfortable and they tossed in the birth of Jesus Christ and made a new feast day, not of the Lord’s will! So we as Christians still follow this custom and God winks at it!
    The strife, greed, pressures and the emotional cost of this time of year is not Godly. It is true that Jesus may have been conceived in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit the end of December and born in late Sept or early October at the Feast of Tabernacles as He tabernacled in the tent body of this flesh to walk with us and reveal our true Father. Anyway every man in his own order to do as he sees fit and we are not to judge in meat or drink or the observance of certain days! Lord bless all!

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