It was Christmas Eve. Our family had finished their traditional Christmas’ Eve dinner. Grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins had all been there with smiles, hugs, and all the Christmas warmth they could give. Christmas wasn’t the same this year for Grandpa Sparks was at home with the Lord. We missed him, but we were encouraged by the thought we would see him again one day.
Now we were all settled down for a long winter’s nap. The table was cleared, the leftovers put away, Mother was seated in her chair, Daddy in his, and all the children huddled close to the fire. Daddy opened his Bible to Luke 2, and read us the Christmas story, the true meaning of Christmas.
You see, it isn’t Christmas trees, and lights, and gifts. Too many times we get so involved in shopping and decorating that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. We forget the reason we have Christmas.
God sent His Son from ivory palaces to walk dusty roads of Jerusalem; from hearing “Glory, Alleluluias” praising Him to “Crucify Him”, and being spat upon. He was sent from being exalted to a tiny babe placed in a manger.
God sent the angel, Gabriel, to Nazareth to a virgin named Mary. Mary was espoused to Joseph. The angel told Mary she was highly favoured with God. The Holy Ghost would come upon her. She would conceive and bring forth a son and His name would be called Jesus.
Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem in Judaea to be taxed. While they were there her days were accomplished, “And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn,”( Luke 2:7). You see as Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes she wrapped God’s gift to a lost and dying world. Shepherds and wise men came to worship Him and they brought gifts for Him. But through that little babe would come God’s gift to them of eternal life.
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him,” (Luke 2:40).
Jesus lived 33 years and went about teaching and performing miracles. Then Pilate, governor of Judaea, scourged Jesus; soldiers place a crown of thorns on his head. They beat Him and spat upon him. They cried out, “Away with Him, Away with him, Crucify Him,” (John 19:15). Jesus died on a cross and shed His precious blood that we might be cleansed from our sins. Just as Jesus died on the cross between two thieves, He is the mediator between God and man, ( I Timothy 2:5,6). He gave Himself a ransom for all but He isn’t dead. He rose again the third day and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God interceding for us. Without God giving us His only Son, we would not have Christmas or more importantly salvation.
This Christmas will you accept God’s free gift to you?
“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.” John 3:16
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:9.
CALL UPON HIS NAME
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Romans 10:13.
I know some golden day break I will see my loved ones in Heaven.
Will you receive Him as your Saviour?
Don’t leave Jesus out this Christmas. It’s His birthday; so put Him first. Praise His name for He is worthy to be praised!
TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH
3931 WHITE HORSE ROAD
GREENVILLE, S.C. 26911
Dr. Harold B. Sightler, Pastor
Written by Abigail Sightler