Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas is about what?!

As the custom goes with severe distraction from reality, from true value and worth, from the entire purpose and point of the sights and sounds all around us. Consider the following as you scurry around town.

~In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we s
aw His glory.~ The Gospel of John, chapter 1

God, very God came down from heaven and clothed Himself in humanity, emptied Himself by taking on the likeness of His creation.

Why did He come down, this Jesus, this God? Because every one of us entered this world lost in sin, in imperfection, and therefore damned to eternal separation from the presence of the Holy One.

So the question begs, how are we reconciled to such a Maker? Most assuredly not by mere intellectual belief that the events of 2000 years ago happened. Not by mere lip service that Jesus was born, that Jesus suffered, that Jesus died, that Jesus rose from the dead.

We can be and must be reconciled by a total belief in and upon the great work of Christ. The Incarnation was the start. The cross of Calvary was the purpose. The Resurrection was the culmination. This is a belief that is utterly dependent upon Christ's righteousness placed upon us and our sin placed upon Him. It is a belief that He is and that we obey all that He commands, everything. It is a belief that we are horrible sinners capable of the most heinous crimes and that apart from us falling on our face and pleading for mercy and grace to be given to us we are damned and destined for destruction.

Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

John through the Holy Spirit said, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome." ~ 1 John 5:3

Jesus said, "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." ~ Luke 13:24

John through the Holy Spirit said, anyone who "does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son." ~ 2 John 9

All that's left is;

Will you believe?

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