by pastor david
“And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
As everyone knows, we are quickly approaching that marvelous day known as Christmas. The streets and stores are decorated with the beautiful colors and ornaments of the season. The children are anxiously waiting to see if they will receive that one special gift for which they have been asking. The Hallmark Channel and others are showing one made-for-television Christmas movie after another.
While we are watching the various Christmas specials, the advertisers are bombarding us with an endless array of “must have” gifts for those we love. The cost of those gifts somehow corresponds with the degree to which we love them – or so the advertisers say.
Churches are also busy decorating for and celebrating this event that is so fundamental to our faith. There are musicals and dramas, pageants and presentations, sermons and songs, all pointing us to the moment in time when the Word become flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14); and so there should be.
I am thankful that in this one area and at this one time of the year the Churches of America are not backing down from their stand for Christ. All of us are working hard to keep Christ in Christmas.
We are still pausing to offer thanks to God at the family Christmas dinner. We are still taking time to read the real Christmas story to our children – you know, the one from the Bible. We are still playing Christmas music on our car radios and iPhones. Pastors and preachers are still proclaiming the message of Luke 2:11, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”.
Think about it.
• “Savior” –a title of Acceptance
• “Christ” –a title of Access
• “Lord” – a title of Authority
Yes, this is all very exciting and refreshing to those in whose lives Christ is Savior and Lord.
If Christ is to have the “preeminence” in all our lives, all the time, should He not have “preeminence” especially during the Christmas season?
Christ is the central figure of Christmas and every other day of the year.
Yes, Christ is the central figure of time and eternity. He stepped out of his eternal home in heaven to become flesh – the God-man. He was 100% God and 100% man. He was the One and only One of all time, the God-man. Because He was God, He could touch God. Because He was man, He could touch man. While hanging on the cross, with one hand stretched out to reach God and the other hand stretched out to reach man, Jesus reconciled God and man by His sacrificial and substitutionary death.
All of this was possible only because of what happened in Bethlehem 2,000 plus years ago. God joined us on planet earth. Yes, Christmas is still about the Babe of Bethlehem. Let us never forget this, whether it is during the cold month of December or the blazing heat of July. In all things, Christ is to be preeminent!
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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