Bethel Baptist Church
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A People You'll Call Family. . . a Place You'll Call Home
It’s On My Heart . . .
The war on Christmas has begun in earnest! Again. This time of the year finds manger scenes, “Merry Christmas” and the Christ Child popping up everywhere! You can’t get away from Jesus. He is everywhere and the lost and unbelieving can’t stop it. You go to the mall and in the middle of all the secular Christmas music, one that praises and exalts Jesus slips in. They’ll just have to get over it.
Everywhere you look, there are signs that something wonderful has happened . . . Christmas trees, manger scenes, church Christmas musicals and dramas almost every night during the season.
During Christmas I think about Jesus and the fact that God has really come. Really! The writer of Hebrews begins his book with these words–
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the Heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature . . .
Christmas can be a very depressing time for a whole lot of people. If someone is depressed, afraid or lonely—at Christmas that is magnified. There is a lot of joy, fake joy and real sadness at Christmas. Sometimes I get depressed when I look at the war on terror, the ha- tred in our world, and the mess our nation is in. Sometimes I wonder if anybody is in charge of this whole mess.
But then, I listen to more of the words of the writer of Hebrews...
but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed Heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world. . . and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.
At Christmas, I remember that fact. I am reminded that no matter how dark it gets, He is still on the throne. I remember that this is His show and the end has already been written when Jesus comes the second time saying, in effect, “The first time I came as a baby and you hung me on across. . . But you won’t ever do that to Me again. This time I’m coming with my angels. I’m going to clean up the mess and reconcile all things to Myself!”
And, if that doesn't give you a cause to celebrate, maybe it’s be- cause you’ve forgotten some things, like– He’s forgiven you! He promised that you would live with Him forever That He loves you!
Maybe it’s because you’ve been blinded by your past or afraid of the future! If so, here’s some more words from the writer of Hebrews:
After making purification for our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high!
Yea, God! I’m FORIGVEN! I’m ACCEPTED! I’m VALUABLE! If that doesn’t make you sing at Christmas, I don’t know what will!
So, instead of fighting the war on Christmas– go out and get some new underwear or something, and laugh, sing and celebrate! HE HAS COME! And nobody can do anything about it! PERIOD!