Friday, December 19, 2014

Searching for Christmas

Jesus rebuked the unbelieving Jews for their stubborn hearts and spiritually blind eyes.  They thought they knew everything about God and His coming Messiah.  They thought they knew their Bible – many had memorized major portions and some had memorized and studied the entire Old Testament.  But Jesus said to them,
John 5:39–40 (NKJV) 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

In a similar way, many are aware of Christmas, know something of a baby born in a manger, and something about religious traditions associated with the holiday.  Unbelievers stroll the malls singing along with carols playing over speakers, “O come, O come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel…..What Child is this who lays to rest…This this is Christ the King….Angels we have heard on High, sweetly singing o’er the plains, Gloria in Excelcis Deo – Glory to God in the Highest…” but they do not hear what they are singing.

But then, so do Christians.  We sing “He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found” while believing that the world and the church are on their way to apostasy and destruction.  We are guilty of celebrating Christmas without understanding the meaning of it.

There was a marvelous virgin birth – but of what?  Of Whom?  Of the King Who would rule all kings and all kingdoms.  Of the ruler of a kingdom that was like a peck of leaven put in lump of dough – slowly spreading and affecting the whole lump – the whole world.  Of a Light for all Gentiles, for all nations, to show them the way and to lead them streaming to the mountain of the Lord.  Of One upon whom would rest the governments of this earth for His kingdom had come to claim all that He had been given by the Father.

Do not be satisfied with a few moments or days of feel-good secular sentiment about the Christmas season.  Rather, come and view the Savior of the nations born to set His people free, given authority over all of heaven and earth, and perfectly satisfying the requirements of the Law, satisfying the just wrath of God for the world which He came to purchase with His blood.  Be overjoyed that a Child was born, that a Son of David now reigns and rules at the right Hand of God the Father, ruling over your particular life, and over the life of the world and all that is to come.  Come and worship Christ the King.

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