2Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
Merry CHRISTmas! I love saying that. We live in an age where the world wants us to be culturally tolerant, and politically correct. All other religious “holidays” are not really holidays if we agree that the word holiday is really the word HOLY DAY. How is Kwanza, or Ramadan holy? Kwanza does not focus on Christ, because the focus is on culture and man not on Christ the Lord.
Then of course there are those professing Christians that go to a church, or maybe place a manger scene somewhere in our homes, perhaps even have “Jesus the reason for the season” somewhere around. What is this whole thing really about? There is a well known Christmas song that says “Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled” What does that mean for God and sinners to be reconciled? Consider the lyrics by Go Fish called “It’s about the Cross.”
“Verse 1: It’s not just about the manger, Where the baby lay, It’s not all about the angels Who sang for him that day, It’s not just about the shepherds , Or the bright and shining star, It’s not all about the wise men, Who traveled from afar
Chorus: It’s about the cross, It’s about my sin, It’s about how Jesus came to be born once so that we could be born again, It’s about the stone, That was rolled away, so that you and I could have real life someday, It’s about the cross, It’s about the cross
Verse 2: It’s not just about the presents, underneath the tree, It’s not all about the feeling that the season brings to me, It’s not just about coming home, to be with those you love, It’s not all about the beauty in the snow I’m dreaming of
The beginning of the story is wonderful and great, But it’s the ending that can save you and that’s why we celebrate, It’s about the cross, It’s about my sin, It’s about how Jesus came to be born once, so that we could be born again
It’s about God’s love, Nailed to a tree, It’s about every drop of blood that flowed from Him when it should have been me, It’s about the stone, That was rolled away, So that you and I could have real life someday, So that you and I could have real life someday, It’s about the cross, It’s about the cross.”
Jesus was born to die for the Law that you and I have broken (God’s 10 Commandments). Jesus Christ was born of a woman, born of a virgin, lived a life of perfection and went to the cross for you and I. When one looks at how far one is, how one has violated God’s perfect standard of righteousness, it makes God’s love amazing. Have you been reconciled or made it right with God? Have you confessed and forsaken (turned away from) your sins and put your trust in Christ like you would trust in a parachute. If you have, be sure to thank God and Go as Christ has commanded, and begin to tell your friends, family members and even strangers about the cross. Acts 4:12 reads, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Only Christ provided a payment for sin. If you’ve never repented and trusted Christ, humble yourself and do that today, because eternity is a long time, actually its eternal. May those who are reading this be reconciled to God, and be used to share the truth with others to be reconciled to God.
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <