Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thoughts About the Meaning of Christmas

Is it possible that this joyous occasion that we call Christmas is really about darkness.   If it was not for darkness, there would have been no need for the Father to send the Son.  Our sins place us in darkness.  Because of our sin, we harm those around us . . . and ourselves.  Because of our sin we are on a path of destruction that would take us into eternal separation from God.  That is a polite reference to hell. We know this is true because the Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death.  Rom. 6:23.

Despite this depressing outlook, God gives us hope.  Although the Christmas story is described in the books of Matthew and Luke, the often quoted scripture from the Gospel of John should not be overlooked.  God has given us an avenue that allows us to turn away from that path of destruction.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  Connecting the Christmas story to the Gospel of John, we can look at Isaiah 7:14 which is quoted in Matthew and reads, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God is with us.”  Matt. 1:23.  God sent his Son on a rescue operation.  He call us to receive this gift that is eternal life through Jesus his son.

The Father sent this message to Joseph through an angel who said “she will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus…. Joshua….Yeshua, which means the Lord saves because he will save people from their sins,

So this Christmas will you reject him or receive him.  Are you willing to receive the one who came to save this world.  John instructs us that Jesus is the true light.  He reminds us that to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God.  John 1:12.

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