Thursday, December 27, 2007

"Did You Have A Good Christmas?"

My wife and I were talking today and we got on the subject of Christmas; she mentioned that she has noticed a lot of people asking, "Did you have a good Christmas?" When they ask this question most people are really asking, "Did you get a lot of presents?" or "were you able to buy all of the gifts that you wanted to buy?" Most likely when a person asks this question they have absolutely no thought (at least at that moment) of what Christmas really is. In Luke chapter two we read:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11 (ESV)
Think about that; unto us is born a Savior. A Savior. Really, take a minute to let that sink in. Born to us is a Savior. In Matthew we are told that this baby, this Savior, was to be given the name Jesus because, "he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21). This is Good news! This is the Gospel!

Because of our sin we are destined for death(Romans 3:23, 6:23). But because Jesus came we can all be reconciled to God. We read in again Romans:
For if whole we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:10-11 (ESV)
And in Colossians:
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless before him,
Colossians 1:21-21 (ESV)
So what does all of this mean? It means that Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating at Christmas, was born in order that he might reconcile us to God through his death. Without this event we would all still be an enemy of God, hostile in mind and doing evil deeds. But while we were enemies Christ died for us.

So the next time someone asks you, "Did you have a good Christmas?" answer them with the Gospel. And then ask them "How could I not?"
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