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Christmas is here: the Lord has come! Part 4

December 17, 2014

Grace to you! Christmas time is near! For those who are wondering, Christmas is a composition of two words: Christ and mass. Christ, in reference to the Lord Jesus, as the Savior of men and mass being a word that means ‘celebration.’ So Christmas literally means the ‘celebration about Christ!’

This Christmas holiday (a combination of ‘holy’ and ‘day’) remember to celebrate Christ. But celebrate what specifically? Usually there is a feeling of good tidings and cheer among people. Lots of shopping, eating, and visiting family and friends happens this time of year. Let’s briefly rethink about the reason this all started.

The Lord Jesus is indeed the Lord of glory who came to the earth. God the Son forever showed His grace and humility by taking on human flesh to dwell with man. Why? To identify with our pains, losses, sorrow in a sin-stricken broken world, and ultimately to be our sin bearer. The angel told Joseph what Jesus would do: “Mary will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Christmas indeed is a great holiday. But what makes it great is the good news that our sin, our open rebellion against God and His law now has an answer! No longer do we have to fear the coming judgment of God. Man’s natural hostility towards God can be changed and overcome by the coming of Jesus Christ!

So how do we become partakers of this celebratory announcement? Jesus tells us that we must “follow Him.” (John 1:43) What does that mean? As the disciple Thomas, who didn’t originally believe in the physical resurrection, responded upon seeing and touching the risen Jesus, said, “”Lord, I believe.” And Thomas worshiped Jesus.” (John 9:38) To follow Christ is to believe and know “that this One (Jesus) is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42) Jesus was born to live and die as the substitute payment for our sins. Why? So that if we trust Him and commit our lives to follow Him knowing that it is only through His death on the cross for our wrongs we will be granted eternal life and forgiveness of sins. The result of this good news is that we can have a right standing and personal relationship with the very God we once rebelled against.

How then do we celebrate Christmas? By remembering in all the hustle and bustle what it’s really about: God coming to save those sinners who will trust in Him. Christmas indeed is about good news. Giving gifts is great, but God has already given the greatest gift of all: His own Son. Now that’s indeed a very, merry Christmas! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

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