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How Do You Say Merry Christmas?

regan_cigsJPG“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” – Ronald Reagan

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than Commandments.” – Benjamin Franklin

“God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

the.simpsons.s20e08“Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.” – Bart Simpson

“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for Him.” – Napoleon

“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene….No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.” – Albert Einstein

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Is Being Born Of A Virgin Important?

The doctrine of the virgin birth claims Jesus was conceived in Mary without the involvement of a human father. Muslims believe this to be true. According to Newsweek, 79% of all Americans believe Christ was born of a virgin, without a human father. John Calvin declared that Jesus, “was pleased to be conceived miraculously in the Virgin’s womb.” Billy Graham states that Christ was “born of a virgin”. But, is it really that important?

Some people believe in Christ but not the virgin birth. Somehow turning water to wine or raising the dead is fine, but, being born of a virgin is difficult. If His exit (rising from the dead and ascending to Heaven) is miraculous, why would His entrance be any less?

Nearly 800 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In order to fulfill prophecy, Christ had to be born of a virgin. If He was not born of a virgin He was not the Savior of man.

The Old Testament foretold that the Messiah would be born to a virgin and in Matthew and Luke the Bible confirms that indeed Jesus was born of a virgin. The Bible is the literal, infallible word of God. To deny the virgin birth is to deny the perfection of God and His Word. If the Creator of the Universe desired to be born to a virgin, and says that He was, then it is true. Merry Christmas!

What Is The Reason For The Season?

A December 24, 2009 Gallup poll says 78% of Americans identify with some form of Christian religion, 68% of Americans are members of a place of worship and 57% of Americans say that religion has the answers to today’s problems.

A December 2009 Rasmussen poll says that 66% of Americans celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. The same poll found that of those who celebrate Christmas, 81% believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to earth to die for our sins and 72% say Jesus was born to a virgin.

We are a Christian nation. If this offends you I am not sorry. It is a statistical fact. I am not sorry for being in the majority, nor will I apologize for it. Our popular culture…media, schools, entertainment…have convinced us that even though we are the majority we should hide our views. I am not even talking about the ludicrous required sterilization of Christmas greetings or being force-fed Santa Clause as a substitution for Christ.

My focus here is that even though our Christ centered Christmas beliefs are a majority…not that that matters, because we should focus on Christ if you and I were the last two believers on earth…we voluntarily dumb down our celebration of the birth of the Savior of mankind. All at the risk of offending someone.  A bit of Satan’s handwork that I have heard, and even echoed, are; “Christmas is a kid’s holiday”, “Christmas is about family”, “I don’t like Christmas because it is too commercial”, “I can’t afford Christmas”, “It just isn’t Christmas without snow”. We are allowing ourselves to give up the celebration of Christ’s birth.

The “Reason For The Season” is Christ and Christ alone. Yes, you may eat your turkey and open your gifts, but also proudly proclaim Christ as our only Savior and only way of entering Heaven. Drink your eggnog and sing your carols, but evangelize your unsaved family and friends with confidence.  Glorify Christ by sharing His truth.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Focus your heart on Christ and praise Him with your mouth, your heart and your actions.

Keeping Christ Out Of X-mas

A 2008 Gallup poll says that 81% of Americans identify with some version of the Christian faith.  A 2008 Fox News poll reveals 77% of Americans prefer saying "Merry Christmas" as opposed to something with less meaning. A 2008 Rasmussen poll says 82% believe Jesus Christ was the Son of God sent to earth to die for people’s sins, and 83% think that the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2000 years ago.  The same poll says 64% of Americans celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday.

Why then do retailers, media outlets and our friends ignore the vast majority?  Why do we find theologically-modified, politically-corrected alternatives to what most Americans believe and the Bible proclaims? Why was it recently reported that thousands of Evangelical churches now use a watered down hymnal that alters the words from O Come All Ye Faithful from the traditional "O come let us adore him" to a neutered "O come in adoration"?  

Is the war to remove Christ from Christmas a godless scheme cooked up by a sect of latte-sipping liberals, greedy retail tycoons, bearded ACLU communists and Ban Ki-moon followers who clandestinely gather in San Francisco synagogues to smoke pot, mutilate Bibles and execute abortions?  No, it is much more simple then that.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Satan is alive and well and active in our lives.  For thousands of years he has patiently and methodically worked to put distance between us and Christ.  He loves that we butcher Christmas. He adores that our culture is moving our focus away from Christ.

When our culture attempts to convince Christians to stop talking about Christ and speak, act and celebrate with neutrality, Satan has won.  Not focusing on Christ is not neutral, it is defeat, and it is pleasing to Satan. Proclaim Christ and shame the devil.  Merry CHRISTmas!

Was Jesus really without sin?

Does it really matter if Jesus lived a life void of sin? The Barna Research Group conducted a survey of U.S. adults and found that 42% believe that Jesus sinned, while 40% believe that he led a sinless life. And, only 65% of Christians believe Jesus was without sin.
 
Jewish law insisted our forefathers were to pay for their sins by sacrificing an animal that was without defect (Leviticus 22:19-20). They were to give up to God a clean animal without blemish so He would be honored by their sacrifice.
 
God provided His Son to be our payment.  Jesus was a sacrifice similar to the Mosaic lamb or bull that was butchered to pay for sin. However, Jesus was to be the perfect and final sacrifice.  In order for his death to pay for all of our sins he needed to be perfect, without blemish, sinless.
 
Psalm 5:5 tells us that God hates the sinful and that, “God would not create a sinful savior.”  How could the sins of another person (Jesus) pay for my sins? Jesus must have lived a life free of sin in order to be a worthy sacrifice.  In fact the Bible insists that Jesus was without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:21-22, 1John 3:5 Hebrews 4:15).
 
Scripture insists that not only was Christ without sin, but, He was the only one to ever live who was sinless.  This is important because in order to be a worthy sacrifice He had to be unique.  If there were another without sin, why follow only Jesus? Merry Christmas!