Tag Archives for " Christmas "

The Fullness of Time

  • December 20, 2011

The Message of the Manger
December 18, 2011
Pastor Toby Jenkins
Galatians 4:4-5 

Lamenting, Longing, and Looking for the Messiah

  • December 20, 2011

The Message of the Manger
December 11, 2011
Pastor Toby Jenkins
Luke 1:26-38 

The Long Awaited Promise

  • December 21, 2009

December 20, 2009

Christmas: Joy or Sadness?

This is a valid question for the lost world, but it is not a valid question for the Christian.  By that, I don’t mean that Christians are not supposed to miss their loved ones who have gone home to be with the Lord.  What I mean is that because of Christ we have hope in the resurrection.  This means that this separation from saved loved ones is just temporary.  The announcement that the angels made to the Shepherds on the hill side over 2000 years ago should ring loudly in our ears, “Luk 2:10-11  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  (11)  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”. Great joy for all the people.  Why?  For a Savior was born that day who is Christ the Lord.  However, we do not have to wait to find out if He is really the Christ.  We don’t have to wait to find out if He will really live obediently to the law.  We don’t have to wait  to see if He will really go through with the plan and die a ransom for His people.  We know that He did!  He lived in perfect obedience!  Pilate said, “for I find no fault in Him.”  Pilate’s wife said, “have no dealings with this righteous man.”  The thief who hung beside Him chided the other by saying, “do you not fear God, for we suffer the same condemnation, and we indeed justly, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  Even Judas himself said, “I have betrayed innocent blood.”  He was and is the perfect Lamb of God who has taken away the sins of His people.  He was slain for you and me, but the grave was not victorious over Him.  For three days later He arose.  He arose a mighty victor over the dark domain.  We were once enslaved to that darkness.  Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and natures night: Thine eye diffused a quickening ray; I woke; the dungeon flamed with light, my chains fell off; my heart was free: I rose went forth and followed thee.  You see because Christ came, died, and arose from the grave we are free.  Free in such a way that we don’t have to fear what tomorrow holds.  We don’t have to mourn for our loved ones as though we will never see them again.  We are so free from the bondage of sin that even when the world around us is falling apart; we can have complete joy.  Don’t let satan take your joy this Christmas, for it is yours in Christ.  The Apostle Paul says to you this Christmas, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice.”  Let the joy of the Lord fill you.  Let the peace of God flow through you to a lost and dying world.  Rejoice in the salvation He has pressed upon you.  Let us cry with the Apostle Paul, “For the sufferings of this world are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be reveled to us in Christ.”  What a King!  What a Savior is He who died for me!  Let us cry with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I praise Him.”  Christmas: joy or Sadness?  Let us cry JOY!  Joy evermore!  Church rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.

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