The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

As we get caught up in the rush and bustle of This Festive Time, it is easy to forget The True Meaning of Christmas. There are those who are actively working to have the words “Happy Christmas” removed and substituted with terms such as “Happy Holiday” There will be much eating and drinking  and giving and receiving of gifts. Families will be getting together for the one and only time in the year. For others it will be a time of loneliness. The True Meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift of all time – God’s gift of His only Son, Jesus. He was born to a teenager in a Middle Eastern stable. He walked as a man, giving us a perfect image of  the Living God. He died on a Roman cross, the most humiliating and agonizing  form of death, to pay the price for our  sins. He rose again, so that one day we could experience eternal life and live with Him. His motive: ” For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, That whosoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 )

One Solitary Life

” He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenter  shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life “. Dr James A. Francis (1864-1928 )

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At this Christmas time would you remember those less fortunate than yourselves and  consider giving to my favourite Charity

You can give from anywhere in the world by clicking on this link, Samaritan’s Purse .

I pray that You and your Family will encounter Jesus and His Love, as you discover  The True Meaning of Christmas.

 

Doctor Bill  

Good Friday – His Death for My Life

 

How can the anniversary of the death of a Good and Innocent Man be celebrated by calling it Good Friday.

The Cross- The Symbol of Good Friday

Crucifixion was a most barbaric form of execution and reserved for criminals at that time.

When we investigate the reason for His death on Good Friday and what it achieved, perhaps we can understand.

We need to go back in history to the beginning of time.

 

In the Beginning

God created a beautiful and perfect world.  His crowning achievement in creation was Man. So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; Male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27 Holy Bible, New Living Translation)

God gave Adam complete control over His creation.

Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.  And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (Gen 2:15-17 Holy Bible, New Living Translation).

 There was one thing God told Adam that he should not do.

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden- except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:15-17 Holy Bible, New Living Translation)

Adam and Eve thought they knew better than God!  They chose not to obey.

God’s perfect creation was corrupted. The perfect relationship that Adam and Eve had with God was broken; there was immediate alienation from God.  By this act, “Sin” entered this world.

The result is the misery and mayhem we see all around us today. Instead of listening to the wisdom of their Creator, men and women are still pleasing themselves and even denying the existence of God.

 

God’s Plan to Restore the Relationship

However, even back then, God had a plan to bring mankind back into the right relationship with Himself

God promised that He would send a “Saviour”

The whole of the Old Testament has been referred to as “The Unfolding Drama of Redemption”. It tells of God’s dealings with “The Children of Israel”. At times His patience was stretched to the limit by their behaviour. Yet He never lost sight of His goal; to redeem mankind.

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The word Redemption is not only a theological term. We are well aware of what a ransom is. Our news papers often have stories of people making ransom demands.

The Oxford dictionary defines “redemption”:

  • to buy back,
  • recover by expenditure of effort or by stipulated payment,
  • purchase the freedom of another,
  • save (person’s life) by ransom,
  • make amends for.

As part of that redemption plan, God introduced the practice of animal sacrifice, to His people the Jews, as a way of making  atonement for their sins. But this was only a “shadow of things to come”. Eventually animal sacrifices would end.

 

Jesus the Ultimate Sacrifice

The Old Testament contains very many references to the coming of Jesus as the Messiah, His suffering and His death to be the “Saviour of the World”.

The Old Testament book of Isaiah, Chapter 53 spells this out in great detail yet it was written over 700 years before Christ was born.

“But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed-and we were healed! 

We-every one of us-have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own, Yet God, laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us!

 He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he never said a word. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he stood silent before the ones condemning him. 

From prison and trial they led him away to his death”.  (Isaiah 53:5-8 Living Bible translation)

Prophecies of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

The death of Christ is mentioned directly more than 175 times in the New Testament

“The purpose of His birth was that He might die. Jesus Christ’s death was not a mere incident in His life; it was the supreme purpose of it. He became man in order that He might die as a man and for man.

Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom. His death was the price paid to redeem others from death”.

This is the reason we refer to the Day as Good Friday! It was not the event of His death, but the purpose and what it achieved.

As you ponder the events of Good Friday and you enjoy the Easter holiday time, consider what we celebrate. Yes it is a “celebration”

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”  (John 3:16-17 TLB)

If you have not made this a personal decision, to ask His forgiveness and be restored as a member of His family, then I urge you to do so.

You’re Spiritual Health and future depends on it.

 

 

To the disciples, Good Friday may have seemed the end of their dreams, but remember, “Sundays a-comin’ “.

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See My next post on The Resurrection -Hoax or History

Doctor Bill