The Christ of Christmas
Micah 5 – 1-9
As a whole, people look forward to Christmas with more anticipation than any other season of the year. It is truly a time of rejoicing, bright eyes, giving and receiving of gifts, much delicious food, and visiting of relatives and friends. However, Christmas would have very little real depth of meaning apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. It is his birth date that we celebrate this season of the year, and it is the Christ of Christmas that is the subject for this message. The Christ of Christmas from birth to his present status is a revelation from God.
A. In Christ’s birth, one can see the power of God to rise above the natural and manifest himself in a miraculous way.
The Babe in Bethlehem was one of the greatest miracles of all times. He was the pre-existent one now in earthly existence. He was the eternal God in the form of a fleshly child.
No one but an ever-present God could do this. The Babe in Bethlehem was born of a virgin without an earthly father. This also reveals God at work in an unusual way. Only one who had all power would be able to break a natural law and bring one into the world as God did Christ. The Babe in Bethlehem is a proof of God’s fulfillment of prophecy. Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, God had promised such an event with many little details spelled out. This is a revelation of God’s knowledge and of his ability to carry out plans.
B. In Christ’s life, one can see the nature and characteristics of God at work.
The Bible speaks of God as love, and no greater revelation of love can be found and/or manifested than in Jesus Christ. He loved all. This all is all-inclusive regardless of how people might be catalogued or characterized. There are no exceptions. The Bible speaks of God’s being no respecter of persons. In the life of Jesus, one can see the validity of such a statement. In him the worth of each person is emphasized.
The Bible also speaks of Jesus as a God of compassion, and his very movements while on earth manifested God as a God of compassion.
C. In Jesus’ death, one can see the sacrifice of God to redeem lost people. In Jesus, God died physically and spiritually to pay the price of sin.
The wages of sin is death. This death is physical, but it is also separation from God, and Jesus paid the full price. Jesus shed his blood for the remission of sin. From the beginning of time, blood sacrifices played a major role in the atonement for sin. But when Jesus died, his was a sacrifice once and for all, and apart from his sacrifice, there is no remission of sin.
D. In his resurrection, ascension, and intercession, one can see God as mighty, ruling, and victorious.
The resurrection reveals power over enemy number one—death and the grave. When Jesus arose from the grave, he broke the power of death and the grave, and so he reveals God. The ascension reveals God’s power over time and physical laws. The intercession reveals God and his concern for all people of all time.
E. In Jesus’ coming again, one can see the cleansing and ruling Christ.
The Christ of Christmas is worthy of a lofty place in the lives of all people.
A. He is worthy of worship, and people do worship him.
To worship Christ aright—in spirit and in truth—we must surrender our
lives to him for salvation. Then Jesus becomes a personal Saviour, and this is his purpose of coming into the world. Christ is to be worshiped privately the year around. He is to be worshiped publicly in the church throughout the year. Christ is to be worshiped in adoration. Everyone ought to see him as God and as Saviour and manifest reverent admiration for him. Christ is to be worshiped in praise. All Christians are to praise his name, his works, his love, and his redeeming grace. Christ is to be exalted because of love for him and appreciation to him.
B. Christ is worthy of one’s life and possessions.
In him one’s life is its very best, and apart from him it is inferior. In him a life is what it ought to be, and apart from him it is less than the best. In him one’s possessions are sanctified, cleansed, and multiplied for good.
C. Christ is worthy of recognition and consultation by the entire world.
It is natural to want to share Christ, and it is beneficial to consult him in every facet of life.
This is the Christmas season. In your buying of gifts, do not forget Christ. Think of missions.
Think of the church and include Christ in the expenditure of money. In our seeking of happiness and a good time, take him into our lives, and he will give supreme happiness.