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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Reason for the Season"

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 1 Timothy 1:15

Reason for the Season



The popular newspaper columnist, Dave Barry, once wrote on the subject of Christmas. He said, "To avoid offending anybody, the school dropped religion altogether and started singing about the weather.  At my son's school, they now hold the winter program in February and sing increasingly non-memorable songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman" and--this is a real song--"Suzy Snowflake," all of which is pretty funny because we live in Miami.  A visitor from another planet would assume that the children belonged to the Church of Meteorology."

I am not to upset at our godless culture trying to take away Christmas, and replacing it with harmless holiday celebrations.  However, I find it disturbing that Christians are losing sight of the meaning of Christmas. "Jesus came into the world to save sinners!" That is the reason for the season.  To the Christian, Christmas is all about the wonderful plan of salvation. We must not lose sight of that fact.

I want us to remember several things this time of the year:

1.   The early church did not celebrate Christmas. It is not required that the church observe this holiday as being a church tradition.  Christmas had not yet been a holiday during that first century church.

2.   We are not celebrating a holiday, we are celebrating a Person! "She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" Matt. 1:21.  Those who have met a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, can celebrate His birth the right way, and for the right reason.

3.   Our celebration is to be worship. "Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him" Matt 2:2.  Remember, He is worthy of our worship at Christmas and all year through!  We see the Christ-child with such special love because we have been to the cross.  Many who celebrate the Child in the cradle, despise the Christ on the cross.  These are the kind that will revel at Christmas time, but rebel on New Year's Eve.  They can enjoy the birth of a Baby on December 25th, but will be hung over on New Year's Day.  For the Christian, the birth of Christ is a joy because of Who He is and why He came!  Worship Him this Christmas.

Don't focus on the mess the world has made of Christmas, but focus on Christ.  Don't harp on the world's rejection of Jesus, but examine your relationship with Him.  Christmas should bring "peace on earth, and good will toward men."

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Previous devotions

"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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