As was presented in the previous post, God’s view of Christmas might be a bit different than ours. We tend to begin with the Nativity and focus on love, peace, and goodwill toward all men (a misinterpretation of to whom peace is offered by God). God, however knew, from before time as we know it, that He was sending His own Son to earth to suffer and die on the Cross of Calvary for the sins of His people. The real meaning of Christmas is wrapped up in the Cross. We tend to NOT go there – maybe it spoils the “mood” – what we so glibly term “the spirit of Christmas”.
This year some who call themselves Christians are making overt efforts to include every religious faith in what are, Biblically at least, distinctively Christian celebrations. I won’t go into details here – they are antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and should be unconscionable to every true believer.
Perhaps we who calls ourselves have brought it on ourselves. Rarely in my own recollections of Christmas do I remember a focus on “the rest of the story”. The belief that all religious faiths worship the same God by some pretty prominent persons in America is becoming more and more rampant. Some evangelical leaders no longer will take a stand on the exclusivity of Christ as expressed in scripture. At the moment there is an all out attack on Sola Scriptura, one of the pillars of the Protestant Reformation.
Dear Christian readers, this is a call to share “the rest of the story” this Christmas season, a call to share the Gospel that Christ came to die for our sins – that He came for the Cross. This season should be one of the two easiest times of the year to share the truth of the Gospel and why He came to earth in the first place – God’s view of Christmas.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 – The Apostle Paul