Friday, December 16, 2011

“Unto you is born …a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

You probably have noticed, as I have, the changes taking place in the past few years, to remove “Christ” from Christmas.  The erection of Nativity scenes at government locations have been under relentless attack by the ACLU as being a violation of church and state.  Public Christmas displays increasingly contain less and less of the Biblical theme of Christmas.  Many displays today contain absolutely nothing of religious or Biblical content. Even the name of the Christmas holiday was changed a few years ago to the “Sparkle Season”.  Recently the name seems to be simply the “Holiday Season”.  The extent of this effort to remove “Christ” from Christmas was brought to my attention recently when I heard one man greet another man with the words “Merry Christmas”.  The man responded with the remark, “It is no longer politically correct to say “Merry Christmas”.  I was astounded to realize how far the world has come in its effort to remove “Christ” from Christmas. When the Savior came into the world it says in (Luke 2: 7) “She … laid Him in a manger, because there was NO ROOM for them in the inn”.  There was no roomfor Jesus when He came 2000 years ago and there is still no room for Him today.  Is there “any room” in your heart and life for the Savior?
On the positive side, each Christmas season gives occasion to emphasize anew the wonderful story of the love of God that led Him to send His only begotten Son into the world.  The scripture verse in the Bible (Luke 2:11), which is the title of this message, was part of the announcement of the angel of the Lord to the shepherds.  It is also God’s Word to every person born into this world since that time.  As you read this message, think of these words as God’s personal word to you.  “Unto YOU is born a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”.  God gave YOU a gift. Have you received Him?

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