I love Christmas, the stories, the music, the gifts, the food, and the wonderful spirit of Christmas. When I was a little boy of 10 years old, I remember being the one assigned to go out on my dad’s farm and cut down the Christmas tree. It was my turn, and I wanted to get the best tree ever. None satisfied me until I looked up. Way up at the top of a pine tree was the most beautiful tree I had ever seen! I climbed up and cut the top 8 feet from that giant tree and dragged it home. I was so proud of that Christmas tree. Christmas! What a special time of the year! With all that said, what is Christmas really about?
The Pre-Existent Saviour.  Micah 5:2
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Bethlehem is a small town that is approximately 5 miles south of Jerusalem. It means, “House of bread.” It was there that the Bread of life, Jesus Christ, chose to be born. There were no doctors, no medicine. Just the stench and smell of a stable, and the company of simple animals. How fitting for the Saviour to come in to this environment because of the filth of this old sinful world.
The Promises of the Scriptures. Matthew 1:18-25
“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord…” He arrived as the Saviour. I Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” He arrived as the Sovereign. John 18:37 “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world…” Jesus Christ came not only as the Saviour but as the King of kings. Nothing reveals how true and accurate the Bible prophecy is like what is revealed at the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Present Offered to the Sinner. John 10:28
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish…” The only payment that God would accept for man’s sin was the shed blood of His only begotten Son. His name: Jesus. The tiny lovely hands of that precious baby in Bethlehem’s manger would eventually be pierced by nails on the old rugged cross. Those tender little feet would one day feel the sting of the nail as it was driven. Yes, we celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas time. But there would be no joy, no reason to celebrate, if He had not paid our sin debt in full and then rise from the dead and re-enter Heaven. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God has revealed his plan to the entire world, but multitudes will miss the true meaning of Christmas because they are too concerned about all the decorations without remembering the reason for the season. Orville and Wilbur Wright got their first flying machine off the ground in the month of December. They had accomplish what no other had accomplished. They were so joyful that they sent a telegram to their sister. It read, “We have actually flown 120 feet! We will be home for Christmas.” Realizing how important this was, their sister took the message to the local newspaper. The editor wrote in the paper, “The Wright brothers say they will be home for Christmas.” He, like millions, missed the real message. They had flown a plane! The world celebrates today, yet still misses the message of Christmas. Every Christmas I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge when he awakened and realized, “It’s Christmas and I did not miss it!”
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