Dec22SunDecember 22, 2019
The Joy of Christmas
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Lk. 2:10)
Christmas for the Christian is not about the shopping malls but instead about Jesus being born of a virgin, and laid in a manger. Our interpretation or understanding of a manger setting might be a barn or stable made of wood with animals and hay, tractor, pitch-forks, etc., but in Israel their buildings were made of stone. Having no room at the Inn is understanding seeing that it was the time of a census/taxation — the town would be over crowded from returning citizens.
The place Jesus was born in could have been a cave next to the Inn or a room where the animals were fed but it was not the typical barn or stable we are accustomed to in western culture. Regardless of the inconvenience, it was time to fulfill a prophecy of approximately four thousand years old. The Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15) was birthed to crush, annihilate, destroy the seed of the serpent/devil.
John said it like this, "...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (I Jn. 3:8).” This is the true meaning of Christmas — the Savior, Healer, and Deliverer was born unto us. Jesus came to loose us from the power, influence, effect, and control of the devil. If you receive the gift of Jesus you are loosed just as the woman was who had the infirmity for eighteen years (Lk. 13:12). This woman, a daughter of Abraham, had been bound for eighteen years by the devil and in one moment she was made free.
When you think of Christmas think of God’s Gift to you, King Jesus. Think of His power towards you to loose you from every yoke of bondage that may exist in your life. Think of Him healing you of every sickness or disease that may attack you spiritually, physically, mentally, or emotionally. Think of Him breaking the back of poverty and lack that may exist in your life. What ever problem you face, think of Jesus, the Gift from God has come so that you may overcome.
What do the Scriptures tell us about Jesus Christ? He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
"For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." (Lk. 2:30-32)