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Christmas is fast approaching, and we remember what we are celebrating. The beauty of God made manifest in human form. God incarnate holding the bonds of the universe in His hands as he traversed the birth canal again comes into our minds. It is a beautiful picture, because we remember that He came to live a life for us to emulate, be tortured, and subsequently die an excruciating, horrible death as a sacrifice for our waywardness against the God of this universe. These are beautiful things to remember because they show the tremendous love that Our Creator possesses for us. We know that He loves us because of His actions that freed His people from the Curse of the Law.
That’s the warm and fuzzy part, but what about the rest? Everyone wants hear that God loves them, but fewer and fewer people want to do what He says. We live in a world where men and women who stand up for what is right are villanized by evil people. We live in a world where people who believe so fervently in saving innocent life that they risk their own existence are being attacked, but a person who was born a man and now thinks he is a woman is called heroic. Let us not mix words and be confused here. The meaning of Christmas is exclusive to people who not only call Jesus Lord of their lives with their mouth, but who act as He is LORD over their lives. There is an exclusivity of Christmas, because Christ stands in stark contrast to the world that we live in today. He is loving and displays His steadfast lovingkindness to His people, but the Bible teaches that this grace does not extend to those who oppose Him and lead His people away from His truths. Grace is not what is received when people idolize themselves, make a mockery of what is good and right, and turn from Him.
One of the most profound passages in all of Scripture is contained in Matthew 7:21-23. We remember that this is the same Jesus that we are celebrating today. We read: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ ” This is a scary verse for a Christian if we quickly read it, and don’t look at it clearly. However, when we take our time we see the ones whom Jesus disavows here are the ones who called Him Lord, but took no action within themselves. They were “workers of lawlessness.” They simply don’t realize the impact of the statement: “Jesus is LORD.” The implication is that we must do what He says.
Jesus did not give grace to those who opposed His teachings in the New Testament. He was quite stern with them, and even said things like “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” speaking to the pharisees in Matthew 23:33.
As we remember Jesus the Christ this Christmas season, let us not think of Him only as an infant, let us think of Him as the LORD of our Universe and remember the implications of Him being our Lord. Let us think of Him correctly, and not just as a guy who was nice to people in the first century. He is to be Lord of our lives and all the implications of that statement should follow.
He is The LORD, not just a baby in a manger.
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John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ”
Thanks and Merry Christmas!