What is Christmas? Hebrews 2:14 states: "Because God's children are human beings - made of flesh and blood - the Son also became flesh and blood. (Why?) For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power death." Thus, it was necessary for Him to be made in every respect like us, so that He could be our merciful and faithful high priest before God. Then He could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. The incarnation alone does not take away our sin, but because Jesus was fully human, He was able to die in our place, thus opening up for us the way to eternal life.
Christmas to us Christians means seeing the connection between the birth of the son of God and His saving death on the cross. Honoring Christmas means allowing Jesus to take away our sins by placing our trust in Him as our Savior. It means thankfully receiving the forgiveness of God each day and using our freedom in Christ to serve God freely and joyfully in our work, in our family, in our neighborhoods, and in our churches.
J.I. Packer states: "The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity - hope of pardon, hope for peace with God, hope for glory." College baseball coach Gordie Gillespie states: "Society today treats the Ten Commandments as if they were ten suggestions. Never compromise on right or wrong." I look at the Ten Commandments this way. The first four tell us to love and honor God. The last six tell us to love all others. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39: "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
What are you truly saying when you wish someone happy holidays instead of merry Christmas? Wishing someone happy holidays says to me that one has no true belief and relationship with God. To me, if we have no birth to celebrate, then we have no Easter to celebrate. So why are we having days off work to celebrate something that so many do not believe. Let's just drop these so-called holidays. But if we can't drop them, what can we call this season that our Macy's, JC Penney and all other big stores rely so heavy on to make a profit?
Can you accept a gift? A free gift at that? Can you start the new year with accepting the gift of Jesus into your life? Do not know how to receive this gift. You need a travel guide who will take you to the foot of the cross. There you can find this free gift.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all and to all a good night! Jesus loves you!
-- Mike Jones, Kinsman