Isaiah 61:1-3 quoted below, we see a multitude of reasons why Christ came the first time. When we read some of the reasons, the first is “…to preach good tidings unto the meek…” We are also told in He “…is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, then Christ got His “good tidings” “preached” to us when we were meek and lost. Luke 19:10,
During the Christmas season, it is so easy to be distracted by the “goings on” around us. Yet, in our Salvation, we as individual CHRISTians, and as a Church are to Glorify God in all that we do. To participate in these “goings on” is not wrong, it is that in doing so, we must Glorify God.
A lot of time will be spent concerning whether this is the “CHRISTmas Season” or is it a “
Holiday Season.” I would prefer it to be called what it has been called, “The CHRISTmas Season.” Yet, our efforts ought to be getting the story of The Birth of Christ to every person we know.
Our CHRISTmas Cards ought to reflect the Bible we call God’s Word. (We as CHRISTians ought to reflect CHRIST in all we do.)
Emphasize Christ’s birth, but tell of the day He bore our sins, died on that “Old Rugged Cross,” was buried, and on the third day God raised him up from the grave, so that those who accept God’s Son, Jesus, will have everlasting life.
Jesus came that we might “…be called trees of righteousness...” Why did Isaiah compare us to a tree? Because a tree can represent many sizes, many shapes, and a multitude of strengths, yet, they all represent God. We are made into something that the world can see and should reflect God’s purpose for His Son. Are you that tree, a tree that regardless of your color, your shape, your strength, reflects God’s intent, His will for you? This is something you as a CHRISTian must answer for yourself. As a “whosoever” described in
John 3:16, do you believe that God has raised Him from the dead?
God asks for two things from you: “confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus” and do you, “…believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead…” If you can answer both with “Yes,” God will save you eternally with Him and His Son, Jesus.
Bro John R. E Chastain