Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I'm sitting here, about to go to bed, and thinking. Tomorrow is a big deal, and I'm realizing that it's a world-wide big deal as I've been in the Philippines, and I ask myself "how in the world did this holiday get to be such a big deal?"

I can tell you why. On Christmas, we celebrate the beginning of a Man's life that would change the world--FOREVER. So many people celebrate a "season of giving" or a "time with the family" very conveniently bypassing the entire true meaning.

Genesis discusses the fall of man. Romans 3:23 states "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." This is undebatable. We're all sinners, even if a person think they're "not that bad." None of us ever had to be taught to disobey our parents, we just did; it came as human nature.

What does sin do? It separates us from God for eternity, unless it is dealt with. This is where Christ comes in. Without the birth of Christ, there could be NO salvation from our wrongdoings. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself states "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Christ was the sacrifice that paid for our iniquity.

Salvation has two parts. In order to spend eternity with God and be sanctified, a person must come to a realization that they are a sinner and accept God's grace and forgiveness. Christ's death on the cross and resurrection (celebrated at Easter) signify Him paying the price for our sins--we just need to accept it. The other part is bringing God in as Lord of your life. His lordship is crucial to growing in Him and getting to know him better--it's A RELATIONSHIP.

Forget the rules and regulations you may have associated with Christianity, God just wants to know you, and for you to know Him. A person does not intentionally hurt a friend, just as we then should revere and respect God for what and who He is. The desire to serve God arises from one's relationship with God, and accepting that Lordship.

None of this can be done on our own. We cannot work our way into God's favor. No matter how many gifts you give or homeless people you cloth and feed, it will not save you. It says in Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." It's SO not about us! It's ALL ABOUT CHRIST!

So, back to Christmas. Celebrating the birth of Christ, who made this all possible. Christ is fully God and fully man, and the BEST gift a person can ever have been given.

What are your priorities today? Why are YOU celebrating? Forget about the gifts and the business of the holiday, and focus on it's true meaning. I hope this truth can make a difference.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Bryce! I didn't know you blogged while we were at Aryns. Well said! The meaning of Christmas is so important and I enjoyed reading your convictions on it. What a meaningful Christmas we had...I enjoy talking about God's Word, etc. with you kids. I learn a great deal from each one of you!