|Pastor's Column: Mokena|
A Christmas Acrostic
|December 08, 2008|
C is for the Chirst child born of a virgin in Bethlehem's barn. Christ is the eternal Son of God and yet that first Christmas morn He was born as man. He became God manifest in the flesh. His humanity was born that day, but not His deity. Jesus Son of God, Jesus Son of Man, and both in One! Jesus made under the law to redeem them under the law (Galatains 4:4). For us who deserved death, Christ bore the penalty of the law. Christ Saves! Christ Keeps! Christ satisfies! Christ is all!
H is for History. HIS STORY. All of history revolves around the birth, the life, and death of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus rose from the dead! The next great event in history will be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. All revolves around Christ. Can we do any less than fall on our knees and worship him? The Bible is His Story from cover to cover, Christ is revealed in every chapter and every verse.
R is from the Riches of Grace we have in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4 7, 8). In Christ God has manifest His grace to us. That is, his underserved favor. It is by His Grace we have forgiveness of sins. It is by grace that God sent His Son to die on the cross.
I is for the great "I AM" who came that morning. Jesus Christ is the great "I Am." Our Lord described Himself numerous times as the great "I Am." "I am the bread of life." He is our spiritual sustenance. "I am the light of the world." He gives light to our path. "I am the door."
He is the only entrance to salvation. "I am the Son of God." He is God's only Son. "I am the good Sheperd." He leads, guides, and directs His Sheep. "I am the way, the truth, the life." He is the only way to God.
S is for salvation from sin. Jesus came to redeem us from our sin. Jesus came to redeem us from our sin. "Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people their sons" (Matthew 1:21). Salvation is in Him alone: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
T is for the Tree, not the Christmas Tree, by the Tree on which Christ eventually died. It was there that our salvation, our redemption was secured. Without His death upon the Tree there would be no hope, no joy, no peace at this Christmas or any Christmas. It was not enough that Jesus born, He also had to die.
M is for Mary the Mother of humanity of Jesus Christ. Mary found favor with God and was chosen to be the woman through whom would come the incarnate Deity. Mar said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior" (Luke 1:46, 47).
A is for the angles who announced the glorious birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. They announced the good news of salvation for all mankind. They announced the birth of the One who had come to take away all our fears. The One who came to give us everlasting peace. Who? None other than Jesus Christ the Lord.
S is for the star over Bethlehem's manger. Matthew records in His gospel (2:1, 2) that the three wise men came and said: "We have seen His star and have come to worship Him." What wise men they were! They followed the star and the star led them to Christ. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy and when they saw the Christ child they fell down and worshipped Him. WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM! Have you received God's great gift to men? The best possible gift you could receive this year is God's only begotten Son. This acrostic spells the meaning of Christmas, that is the person, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
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