“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end” Luke 1:30-33
Part of the angel’s message to Mary was “For thou hast found favour with God” which can also rightly be translated “For thou hast found GRACE with God” Mary could do NOTHING without the GRACE of God! It is also the same with us today, we can do nothing (for Him) without His GRACE.
In Genesis 6:8 tells us that “Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord” In fact it has always been so that mankind can do nothing for Him, without His GRACE. We were all under the law, that we could not keep, without Christ. That is why we have all “Come short” missed the mark of God’s perfection (Romans 3:23) But then God sent His only begotten Son.
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5
When Jesus came into this world, His GRACE was made freely available to all who would believe and seek Him.
“And of His fullness have all we received, and GRACE for GRACE. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” John 1:16-17
How wonderful! Out of HIS ABUNDANCE (fullness) we have received “one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift (heaped) upon gift.” (from the Amplified Bible)
All of this, because God sent forth His only begotten Son.
CHRISTMAS is under attack today. Yes, the unbelieving world around us will have a giant celebration without even knowing what they are celebrating. We can expect nothing more from unbelievers, they do not profess to know Him.
But I find the biggest attack is coming from those who do make a profession of faith. Those who fill the Churches in our nations. I have been accused of being pagan because I have a Christmas tree! I’m sure you all know what I am talking about here.
But, these ‘so called’ Christians are sad beings who appear to know very little about His GRACE and all the blessings we have in CHRIST JESUS. The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ that He has showered upon me, is worth celebrating. It’s well worth celebrating the wonderful day that “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
When I celebrate Christmas, I am NOT worshipping pagan gods, I am acknowledging that wonderful day that Christ Jesus came into this world to save me. I am also acknowledging that this WONDERFUL SAVIOUR who came to die on the cross for me, ascended on high after His powerful resurrection and is returning very soon to collect His true CHURCH and take them back to the place He is now preparing for us. (John 14:3)
And, not only that, but I shall return again with Him, and all the saints, when He comes in great power and glory to rule from David’s throne, and of that kingdom, THERE SHALL BE NO END! (Luke 1:33)
All this, and so much more, I shall celebrate on December 25th. No, I don’t expect it is the right date, but as we are not told the date I’ll stick with the one we’ve got!
The blessings of Christ’s birth, to you all!
Brotherly love….Pastor Keith