Merry Christmas

I don't know what your family traditions are, but I would hope that the reading of the Bible is included for Christmas today. If it's not, make 2019 the year to start a new tradition!

 

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)

 

The Bible verse above doesn't immediately come to mind as a Christmas Bible verse, but it is one that should be included in every holiday. But for now, take a moment and let the words sink in.

 

Why should you read this Bible verse to your family on Christmas? Because Romans 8 should be what the Christmas story is all about, by defining the result of the birth of Jesus.

 

What was the result of Jesus' birth? In a word, What was it?

 

Jesus deserved to be loved and would be eternally loved by God.

 

Jesus deserved to be loved, but Jesus was rejected so that we would be eternally loved by God.

 

Jesus subjected Himself so that we will know the faithful and unfailing love of God.

 

Jesus experienced separation from God so that nothing could ever separate us from God. 

 

This Christmas, remind yourself that hope is only found in how much you have been loved by Jesus. It will be tempting to look for hope in the gifts that you receive or in the gifts that you give or in the people that you celebrate Christmas with, but those gifts will get old, your generosity will wrestle with your selfishness, and the people who say they love you will find a way to disappoint you once again.

 

The only hope that we have this Christmas is in the love that God has for you. Husbands, you won't love your wife like you're supposed to. Wives, you won't love your husband's like you're supposed to. Brothers, you won't love your siblings like you're supposed to. Parents, you won't love your kids like you're supposed to. Kids, you won't love your parents like you're supposed to. But God will always love you perfectly.

 

Christmas Day is a celebration of how much God loves us. Don't miss out on an opportunity to share that Good News. Remind yourself and your family to fix your eyes on Jesus and celebrate that there's eternal, life-changing hope for you!

 

Comments

Dino Manalis Added Dec 25, 2018 - 8:41am
 Merry and Blessed Christmas to all!
TexasLynn Added Dec 25, 2018 - 11:11am
Amen, Marty.
 
The day Christ was born the Father knew that mankind would reject Him, and ultimately crucify Him.  Yet, He sent Him anyway because it was the only way to reconcile the gulf between God and man.
 
Without his birth, His death and resurrection would not have been possible.  We should celebrate all things Christ all year long.
 
Again, thank you for this Christmas message.  I wish you and your joy and peace in your knowledge of Christ.
Ryan Messano Added Dec 26, 2018 - 12:32pm
I agree with Christ, but those who don't know Christ won't be drawn to him, unless they know they have a need.   That means they need to learn about their sin.  In Acts 2, Peter told the Jews about their sins, and that led them to Christ.  Paul wasn't introduced to Christ by God telling him how much he loved him. He was shown his sin first. 
 
Also, Christmas is a pagan holiday, and wasn't celebrated in America in 1776, rightly so. 
Dr. Rupert Green Added Dec 26, 2018 - 12:44pm
We must know the roots of Jesus and who he really is to move forward. 
 
Stone-Eater Added Dec 27, 2018 - 5:22pm
Marty
 
Have a nice 2019. You with god, me without. That's ok :-)
Stone-Eater Added Dec 27, 2018 - 5:29pm
Ryan
 
Tell you what:
 
I have never betrayed a woman.
I didn't steal as an adult.
I never had a fight with somebody, discuss and solve.
I never beat my children.
I support 10 kids in Cameroon to get an education. They have become my second family.
I created (with my partners) 25 jobs this year in Senegal.
I live in one room in Switzerland in a shared community.
I own 4 guitars, 4 computers and a my clothes.
I don't have a car.
I buy clothes once a year.
I eat twice a day.
 
I don't believe in god.
 
So what ?