All over the world, Christmas is celebrated. But it is not celebrated properly by the majority of the human race. What is important is that we observe it as the day when we received the most precious gift that there is. We should hold on to the truth as we find it in Isaiah 59:20 , where we read, "And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord."
Here are two important truths for which we must be thankful and which we must remember in our Christmas celebration. Christ is our Redeemer, that is, the one Who bought us salvation by His cross. And He comes for only some of the human race, the part here called Zion.
The sad fact is that our earthly Christmas presents at Christmas time take our thoughts away from this most wonderful gift of Christ and the salvation which He earned for us by His cross, the gift of the forgiveness of our sins and everlasting covenant fellowship with God. He takes away from us our guilt, and gives us an everlasting life with much closer fellowship and friendship with God than the highest angels have. We have that wonderful gift of becoming sons and daughters of the almighty God. He takes from us the guilt and misery into which Satan led us, and blesses us with sweet communion with God.
Whether He came for us and bought this salvation for us to enjoy is revealed in the gift He gives us already in this life. He will cause us to be born again with a new spiritual life which hates sin and wants to walk in a way pleasing in God's eyes. He came from heaven in order to bring us heavenly blessedness. And turning away from transgressions, hating sin and walking in love to God, reveals that this is His Christmas gift to us.
Even as He came once to earn all this, and be raised with a glorified body, He will come again to bring it fully unto us.
Read: Romans 11:22-27 .
Quote for Reflection:
"Nor is it only the Aaronic priesthood which must be superseded. That priesthood was instituted under the Mosaic law, and was so integral to it that a change in the priesthood carries with it inevitably a change in the law. If the Aaronic priesthood was instituted for a temporary purpose, to be brought to an end when the age of fulfilment dawned, the same must be true of the law under which that priesthood was introduced" ~ F. F. Bruce on Hebrews 7:12 (Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, p. 145).
- Date: 20-December