“Merry Christmas! God Has visited His People!!”

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The birth of Jesus Christ was unlike the birth of any other child born into our world, “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2). This prophecy was fulfilled when Christ was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary, by the Holy Spirit, having no human father (Luke 1:31-32).

Yet, He was fully human, and a perfect man free from all sin (“He has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” [Hebrews 4:15]), holy in thought, word and deed, while at the same time, He was God of very God (“For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form” [Colossians 2:9]). So then, this explains why He claimed to be God, when He said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), and “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Therefore, we understand why He claimed to be God, and why the religious leaders called for His public crucifixion, “Then the high priest tore his robes, saying, ‘He has blasphemed! ... and they answered, and said, ‘He is deserving of death!’” (Matthew 26:65-66), because while being a man, He claimed to be God. However, after he was crucified, “God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power” (Acts 2:24; cf. Romans 1:4). For it was by the resurrection God showed His approval of the claims of Christ to be His Son, and by the resurrection God gave testimony that Christ’s death was no accident, being according to His eternal purposes for the salvation of His people, “Delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death” (Acts 2:23; cf. Matthew 1:21; John 10:11). This being so, He “… now commands all men everywhere to repent … because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness … [having] given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). For the great day of Judgment will reveal all who openly-denied and publicly-refused to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. And they will be exposed as those who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Further, they will be judged because they have broken God’s Holy Law, by not loving Him, their Creator, and by rejecting the grace He has offered them in the gospel (Deuteronomy 6:5; Galatians 2:21)! I want to leave you, now, with two promises which you can meditate upon this evening, and especially tomorrow morning. First, the Bible tells us that all who believe in Jesus Christ and repent of their sins are forgiven by God, just as He commanded, “… that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). This means, when you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as He is set forth in the Bible, all of your sins are completely forgiven (past, present, and future); and then, God freely justifies you and clothes you, with Christ’s very own righteousness (Colossians 2:13; Romans 5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21)! Second, only God’s Son can save you from your sins, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). For there is no other way to God except by the Lord Jesus Christ, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). The Savior of the world has been born! Receive Him today (John 1:12)! So then, as we celebrate Christmas eve tonight with our families, friends, and churches, let us draw near to God, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, Christmas day morning, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! … Soli Deo Gloria! … Merry Christmas!!

 

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