17 Dec What Christmas Means To Christians
Christmas is a very special time for believers all over the world. It is a time when we remember Jesus Christ was born, when we celebrate His birth. After the first man and his wife disobeyed God, sin and all its horrible consequences befell mankind.
I am delighted to share with you today some of the great things Christmas means to us as believers.
Some Great Benefits Of Christmas/Christ’s Birth
1. Christmas Means We Are Forgiven
We were condemned to eternal death and damnation because of sin. We were already sentenced to hell. God saw that the blood of animals could not suffice, it only covered our sins but did not blot them out. Also, the rigour and routine of numerous sacrifices for different sins had become burdensome. God wanted a permanent cleansing and he knew there needed to be a stronger force. So He sent His only son, Holy and Divine just like Him to be born and to take our place.
Now we can be completely free from the bondage of sin, we are completely forgiven and no other sacrifice is needed. Of Jesus it is written in Luke 1:76-77 NKJV
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins.
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31 ESV
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 ESV
2. Christmas Means We Can Go To God
Sin denied us access to The Father. In the beginning, God used to walk The Garden of Eden and have face to face conversations with man every evening. After the fall, God could no longer behold man because of sin. A barrier was created, only the priest could go before God after the blood of animals had been applied.
The birth of Jesus changed all that. Okay, not quite until after He died and resurrected. But if He was not born we would have experienced neither His death nor his resurrection.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus… Hebrews 10:19 NKJV
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Ephesians 2:18 NKJV
3. Christmas Means We Have Hope
We were hopeless, in a hopeless world. We did not know what the future held. We were full of uncertainty, but the birth of Jesus changed all of that too.
Now we have hope of eternity. We can face today knowing that God is in our tomorrow.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 NKJV .4Christmas Means We Have Peace
This world is full of troubles and as long as we in this world we would have to deal with troubles. But in Jesus we have peace. He has become our peace in the midst of a world a trouble filled world.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 ESV
4. Christmas Means We Are Free From The Devil’s Works
The enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us abundant life. John 10:10
Jesus came in human flesh to fulfill the ministry that was committed to Him. Part of that ministry is to destroy every work of the enemy.
Jesus came and destroyed the power of sin, sickness, poverty, shame and all the evil the enemy seeks to bring on us by introducing sin. Now we can live free of all the enemy’s evil.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 NKJV
5. Christmas Means We Are Loved
It was love that made God release His only begotten son to die in our place. God sent Him to take our place in sin, condemnation, sickness, poverty, shame, reproach so that we can enjoy abundant life here on earth and eternal life with Him here and hereafter.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 NKJV
Hallelujah! The Birth of Christ means all this great things and many more.
If you have not known Christ as Lord and Saviour you don’t have to wait any longer. The hope, peace, joy and fulfillment you seek can only be found in Him. And it does not end here on earth, you will be privileged like all other believers, to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
How about you, what does Christmas mean for you?
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