The Christmas message is such a powerful one because of its scope and individual relevance. As those shepherds gathered, over 2000 years ago, to carry on their ordinary work responsibilities, they were witnesses to the most creative evening service ever attended. Imagine an outdoor service where angels led the worship. The message that was proclaimed had relevance for all people and provided a personal revelation for the shepherds in attendance. The message of the birth of the Christ Child was clear. The directions as to where they could find Him were specific. The angels instructed them concerning a message to be preached to all men and a place where the shepherds could personally go to find Him. Today, the message of the same Saviour is still being preached, however, the Babe of Bethlehem is known to us as the Lamb of Calvary and the exalted, living Saviour who sits at the right hand of God. There, at the right hand of God, He lives so that we can face today and tomorrow, no matter what they bring. The message today is not go find the babe but call upon the Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 10:13.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
The message of the good news of Jesus Christ is still for all people, however, may you this Christmas, remember that Christ was born for you personally. God, from the beginning, intended the message of Christmas to have a personal meaning. The message of the prophet Isaiah and the angel is “unto you is born…a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
As you read this, the joy of Christmas may be marred by the difficult circumstances in which you find yourself. Isaiah tells us that the Saviour is a “Wonderful Counsellor,” meaning there is no confusion in His counsel, no hurt resulting from following His counsel and He, unlike human counsellors, is not limited. He has the ability to empower you to do the right thing.
He is also “the Everlasting Father” which means you can have a relationship with God your Father and that relationship is eternal. Several of us have known the loneliness of losing a beloved mother or father and the great void that leaves in our lives. Hallelujah, the Christmas message is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is, for the believer, a Father Forever.
Recently, you may have experienced rejection, and that hurts. Perhaps you have known hatred, which left not dealt with, can destroy. Come to Jesus Christ and you can begin to experience a love that will carry on through eternity.
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:7
Post by: John Hoag, NBBI Chancellor
This article appears in the December 2010 Open Bible Bulletin.