Behold the King!

Christmas seems like a personal holiday, doesn’t it? Family gathered around. Rejoicing both in the heart and in the home. What we often forget is that Christmas holds great significance on a much larger scale. The far-reaching ramifications of that glorious event we all celebrate will one day rock the nations of the earth.

The angel said to Mary, “you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33 NRSV

Jesus Christ was born with one goal in mind—that He might die! And His sacrifice changed everything. With it, He redeemed His creation—all of it. He paid the ransom for our souls, reclaimed His marvelous earth, and set in place an unalterable destiny for the nations of the world. He reestablished His authority as judge of all.

At Christmas, we should rejoice not only in the child lying in a manger-bed but also in the King of kings and Lord of lords, the ruler of heaven and earth, for they are one and the same—His name is Jesus!

To leave Christ in the manger is to forget why He came in the first place. The celebration that surrounded His birth was simply a precursor to what was yet to come—the sacrifice, the miracle of the resurrection, the power and the glory of His heavenly kingdom.

Does Christ reign and rule in your life, dear friend? Do you know Him as both humble child and mighty King? When you offer Him your gifts this Christmas, bring them not to the manger, but lay them at the foot of His throne. Let the risen Christ take His place of honor in your heart and bring everlasting joy to your life at Christmas and all year.

What Christmas Is All About

“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.”     John 3:16

 
We have looked at all the “who’s” in the Christmas story.  Today we are looking at “whosoever”.  God loved us so much that He gave His Son that whosoever believes can be saved.  Are you like the innkeeper who had no room for the coming Savior?  Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Put him first in your life and don’t let people or things crowd Him out.  If you have been praying for something for a long time like Zacharias and Elisabeth, don’t quit praying and keep on believing that God can answer your prayers.  Say with Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible”, and be willing to let God use you for His purpose and do the impossible in your life.  Look for His coming like Simeon.  Sing His praises like the angels.  Tell others about Him like the shepherds.  Give Him your best like the wise men.  Prepare others to meet Him like John the Baptist.  Believe what the Lord says like Joseph.  We read in Acts 16:30 & 31, “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”  

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