Christmas 2016

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN TO YOU?

INTRODUCTION:

 

Christmas means a lot of different things to people. I find it interesting that we keep hearing the phrase the true meaning of Christmas. Sadly, there are some things which people think may be the true meaning of Christmas which really aren’t the true meaning.

 

To those in the retail business, the true meaning of Christmas may mean working many long and extra hours. It represents the season where the retail industry earns a good portion of its annual income.

 

To parents it may mean buying many gifts to be given to the children, gifts which will soon be broken or forgotten but will inevitably be sold in a year or two as part of a garage sale for a fraction of their original cost.

 

It may mean long lines and crowded parking lots at various Walmart Stores.

 

It may mean Santa Claus, the false god of Christmas, will be everywhere. We keep hearing that he is eternal and omniscient, and able to do many miraculous things. Of course, these are lies. Santa Claus is a concoction of Satan intended to obscure the true meaning of Christmas.

 

It may mean Christmas trees and decorations and lots of bright lights decorating homes and businesses.

 

It may mean sending and receiving Christmas cards and letters.

 

It may also mean that you will be bombarded with all kinds of solicitations for money, whether it is the Salvation Army, various service organizations, various children’s charities, the Red Cross, the heart fund, the cancer fund, the fraternal order of police, etc., etc., etc. I get tired of solicitations for my money. I give to the Lord’s work through the local church, and I have no intention of giving to all these organizations who want to separate me from my money.

 

To some, it may mean that you’ll somehow have to conjure up “the Christmas spirit.”

 

So, if these things aren’t the true meanings of Christmas (and they aren’t), what is the true meaning of Christmas?

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

 

Christmas commemorates the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God Who became a human being in order that He might eventually shed His blood on the cross at Calvary in payment for our sins and, thereby, provide eternal redemption for us.

We see that –

    I.     JESUS CAME TO REVEAL GOD’S LOVE TO HUMANITY

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

I John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

We also see that –  

  II.     JESUS CAME TO FULFILL SCRIPTURE

 

Matthew 1:18-2518 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example [i.e. this would be by having her stoned to death], was minded to put her away privily [i.e. to divorce her secretly]. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

 

 III.     JESUS CAME TO REVEAL GOD THE FATHER TO HUMANITY

 

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father [i.e. it suggests, Who is in the closest fellowship with the Father or Who is near to the Father’s heart], he hath declared him [i.e. revealed (Him), made (Him) fully known].

 

Hebrews 1:1-31 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners [i.e. at many times and in many ways] spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who [i.e. Jesus] being the brightness of his glory [i.e. of God the Father’s glory], and the express image of his person [i.e. Jesus was the exact representation of God the Father’s character or person], and upholding all things by the word of his power [i.e. by the word of His own power], when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty [i.e. of God the Father] on high.

 

John 14:8-98 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? [i.e. the apostles had seen all the attributes of God the Father in Jesus]

 

 IV.     JESUS CAME TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS

 

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all [i.e. God the Father laid on Jesus the sins of all humanity].

 

Matthew 1:21 And she [i.e. Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou [i.e. you Joseph] shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

John 1:29 The next day John [i.e. John the Baptist] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

I John 3:5 And ye know that he [i.e. Jesus] was manifested [i.e. made known, revealed] to take away our sins; and in him is no sin [i.e. no sin nature and not a single sin ever – Jesus had to be sinless in order to qualify as our sinbearer (and He was sinless!), or He would have had to pay for His own sins].

 

Romans 5:6-106 For when we were yet without strength [i.e. we were not able to save ourselves], in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure [i.e. perhaps] for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified [i.e. having been declared righteous] by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him [i.e. we were under the wrath of God]. 10 For if, when we were enemies [i.e. enemies of God], we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 

I Corinthians 15:1-41 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you. . . . 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

 

Romans 10:8-108 . . . The word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [i.e. that Jesus is Lord], and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

I Peter 1:13-2513 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober [i.e. be serious minded], and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ [i.e. hope completely for the completion of your salvation when Christ returns for you]; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [i.e. in all your conduct, in all your behavior]; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers [i.e. you know that with corruptible things like silver and gold, you were not redeemed from your worthless lifestyle which was passed down to you from your ancestors]; 19 But [you were redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

I Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

CONCLUSION:

 

Don’t ever forget that the Babe in the Manger became the Christ on the cross. He came for the purpose of dying on the cross in order to provide eternal salvation for all humanity.

 

Yes, let’s celebrate the birth of the baby at Christmas but always connect it with Easter where we celebrate the resurrection of Christ after His death on the cross.

 

I John 5:11-1311 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.