At Christmastime many note that it's all about remembering the birth of Christ or that Jesus is the reason for the season. This is, of course, good and right. But at the risk of sounding like I'm from the department of redundancy department (I've preached on this more than once and we discussed it last night at church as well), if we don't remember WHY Jesus was born, it won't do us much good to celebrate THAT he was born.
So Why was He Born?
Listen to the scriptures in their own words (all quotes from the ESV). When you read "came" or "appeared" remember his birth is how he came into the world; it's how he made his appearance. He came to earth by being born of a virgin.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. - 1 Timothy 1:15
How Should We Respond?
Thanks to my GBC church family for brainstorming for these responses last night.
1. Acceptance. Believe! This Christmas could be your best ever if you trusted in this Christ who came to save sinners like you and me from our sins.
2. Humility. He sought us; not the other way around. He saved us because we cannot save ourselves.
3. Gratitude. How could we not be thankful for the greatest gift?
4. Worship. Glory to the newborn King, indeed!
5. Joy. Our hearts must sing with gladness. Joy to the world: The Lord is come and is coming again!
6. Peace. The Prince of Peace secures our peace with God and we, then, can have peace within.
7. Obedience. If he came to destroy the work of the devil, we must not continue in it.
8. Tell Others. This is not a message to be kept to ourselves.
May we delight in this Christ this time of year and always!
Some miscellaneous musings from Pastor Aaron.
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