Christmas Season

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is
given; And the government will be upon His
shoulder. And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"

- Isaiah 9:6 - New King James Version.


The essence of Christmas is captured in the phrase: "God with us" - ["Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shallcall His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, "God with us" - Matthew 1 :23]. This is what Christmas is ALL about - "God with us" (CHRIST)! The theological term is the Incarnation, the "becoming flesh". The reason we have a holiday is that God became man. To only admire Jesus as a great person, a great prophet, or a great teacher is to devalue and insult Jesus. He is God in the flesh, God Incarnate.

Notice how Isaiah 9:6 distinguishes between the birth of Jesus and His eternal existence. As a child He is born, but as the Son He is given. Jesus was born as a child but given as the Son. He is eternal God, the second Person of the Trinity.

When you talk about Christmas, you are talking about God coming to dwell with you. Now, one of these days someone may come knocking on your door, trying to tell you that Jesus is less than God. But the term "Son of God" does not mean Jesus is less than God. "Son of God" describes His essence as God. (Read John 1:1)

See, if I call myself a son of man, what I am saying is that I bear the essence of homo sapiens (humans). All that makes homo sapiens distinctly human makes me who I am. Therefore, I am a child of man or a son of man. I bear all the characteristics of humanity.

The same is true of Jesus. Jesus possesses all that makes God who He is -- no other could be the "Wonderful Counselor." Certainly, no one less than God could claim the titles - "Mighty God, Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, The Way, The Truth, The Life". Even though Jesus is the Son of God, He is to His people the "Everlasting Father." Who else but Jesus bears claim to being the "Prince of Peace"?

Hundreds of years before Bethlehem, Isaiah lets you know that this Child, this Son, is unique. Paul writes in Philippians 2:9, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name." Evidently, a lot of folk do not understand who Jesus is, because if they did, Christmas would be a far different holiday than what you see today.

Before Christmas was a holiday, it was a birthday. Unfortunately, this has gotten lost. Apart from a few religious ceremonies, Christmas is primarily a time for shopping and sinning. For many people, Christmas is big business and the birth of Jesus Christ is secondary. If you want to make sure that doesn't happen in your heart, if you want to worship Jesus Christ this Christmas, it has to be a decision on your part to accept God's Amazing Gift of Eternal Life -

Jesus Christ!

   October 2018   
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