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Tuesday, December 23

There is Good News


With Christmas looming I got to thinking about Jesus Christ and The Good News…  “All the years of being a believer, I never once felt whole; there was always a question about what being a Christian truly meant.” -- December 16th, 2012
Many across the world will celebrate Christmas over the next few days. Among them are those that will mark this time of year as the birth date of the Christ. Throughout history there has been and still is much discussion about Jesus Christ, the Son of man, from individuals who would deny his deity.  Many say He was a revolutionary, a heretic, a prophet, even a false prophet but not the son of God.
Yet, there is also much confusion within the Christian world about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He is the only begotten son of God, the savior or the messiah many others would say and while in the form of man He was no mere man.  No matter who people say He is, believers within the church and without all associate Him with God’s love for the world (John 3:16).
In the next few days many across the world will celebrate the birth of the Christ.  They will envision a baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (Luke 2:11-12).  Surrounded, not only by loving parents, but also by shepherds and wise men who marveled at his appearing (Luke 2:15-16, Matthew 2:1,11-12). Except it was in His death that the world would be saved and freed from sin (Jon 1:29).  It is this reality of Christ’s earthly ministry that is most often avoided at Christmas time.
Sin entered into the world shortly after the beginning of time; at the very moment man first disobeyed God’s command (Romans 5:12; Genesis 3:1-11).  Despite this unfortunate event in the history of mankind, our Creator and Father looked upon us in our unfortunate condition, had grace and mercy, and destroyed us not (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:23-24).  And, at the appointed time, Christ was sent to redeem all mankind from sin (Galatians 4:4-5).
Sin’s simplest definition is the violation of the law, or commandment, of God (1 John 3:4).  Sin not only separates us from our Creator (Isaiah 59:1-2) but it is the root cause of all that ails the world; its ultimate penalty is a spiritual death (Romans 6:23). We become accountable to God’s law once we have come to the knowledge of right and wrong.  We are then morally responsible to do those things which are morally right in the sight of God, that is, according to His law and righteousness (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  We become entangled in sin when we choose to do those things which are morally wrong in His sight (James 1:14-15).  In Jesus, and only in Christ Jesus, can we be freed from that spiritual death penalty (Acts 4:9-12).
And that is the good news!  Upon Christ's entry into this world, He would give mankind the power to once again become sons and daughters of God (John 1:12-13); adopted and joint heirs to the promises of salvation (Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 3:29) which includes eternal life forever reconciled to our Beloved Creator.  So, on this Christmas, instead of taking pride and pleasure in the gifts we give to one another, let us focus our attention on the invaluable gift that was once given to us: Jesus Christ.

The birth of baby Jesus is apparent at this time of year.  On the other hand, what about Jesus the man and son of God?  The one that was betrayed, falsely accused and not given a fair trial (Matthew 27:3-4, 26:59-60).  The same which was ridiculed, tortured and spat on (Mark 15:16-20, Matthew 26:67); forced to carry the very device employed in His murder (John 19:17-18).  Will we envision Him being strung up on a cross and made to suffer?  Will we marvel at this same baby Jesus, barely in His thirties, made to endure a cruel death so that we may have a chance at eternal life (John 3:16)?