by Lenin Soares
When I first became a Christian I acted like peter by saying,”No Lord I will not allow you to wash my feet.” Jesus replied to peter by saying if you do not allow me to do so you have no part in me and can be my disciple. In verse 7 of John Chapter 13 Jesus said,”If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”
We can be so overly zealous that we turn non-esseintial issues into the esseintials issues of the faith. I have encountered Christians attacking the Christmas. They tend to become joyless and offensive during this time of the year. Whilst they are independent of choosing not to celebrate Christians and it is perfectly fine with me, but they should also not criticise those who choose to celebrate Christmas.
Every year when we have a good reason for the season we grow in the knowledge and understand of Christ and we are even closer to the salvation to be revealed to us (1 Peter 1:5). Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your soul (1 Peter 1:8-9). Paul also writes in letter to Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!
I will put 3 most important reasons why we should not neglect this joy of Christ’s birth this season.
- He Saves Us From Our Sin.
WE WOULD NOT HAVE SALVATION IF CHRIST HADN’T BECOME A MAN.
The Incarnation of Christ ( God became Man) Hebrew 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Look at the word He had to be made. Not optional. It was the requirement of God as just God for the sacrifice of sin. The wages of sin is death. V.9 of Hebrew chapter 1 But we see Jesus, “who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone and verse 10 for it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing MANY SONS TO GLORY, TO MAKE THE CAPTAIN OF THEIR SALVATION PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING.
- He Conquered The Death.
We would have not had the victory of death. We would still be slaves to sin and under the power of Satan to put us to death.
In verse 4 of Hebrew chapter 1, we read Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of the flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all lifetime subject to bondage. So Christ destroyed the death by becoming man and conquering it for us as Apostle Paul write the scriptures “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” If Christ was not to come as man and die for us as man than we have been slaves to sin and death
- He is the Mediator Between GOD And MAN
As we read in v.16-18 16 – For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
1Timothy 2:5“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” Christ has not only paid our price of death but he is also the intercessor for us before God continually even today.
When fallen angels sinned against God. God brought judgement upon them and cast them out of His presence and when man sinned He did a wonder by becoming one like us and saved us. Isn’t this of great joy? Even the angels rejoiced over the fact and desired to look into (1Peter1: 12) Emanuel (God with us)
If Christ was not born as a man than we would have been lost sheep. So I see these reasons that we cannot ignore but rejoice when we think about the salvation that god has given us through His only begotten Son. He became a son of man so that we might become the sons of God. Christ put on humanity that we might put on divinity. Let us be rejoicing and accepting the biggest gift of God this Christmas the gift of His Son. By looking at the first coming the birth of Christ let us also look forward to the second coming of Christ. Those who believe, know and love Him it is a blessed hope of the second coming but to those who have not accepted Him It will be the judgement of God at his second coming.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 5:24
Rejoice and again I say rejoice. – Philippians 4:4