The spirit of Christmas is the Spirit of Christ living among us today, and the celebration of “THE” gift which is the only gift which can keep on giving, the love and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
If you listen, really listen, to some of the best “religious” Christmas songs ever written they speak directly to the reason for Jesus being born and our need for a savior. O Holy Night is such a song. It begins…
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees!
It’s easy for us to get caught up in family, gifts and having a fun respite from work. And there is nothing wrong with any of those things, I certainly love spending time with my family, both mine and my wife’s. And one of my “love languages” is gifts so I love to give and receive thoughtful presents.
But what I want more than anything this Christmas, is the gift of each and every one of my friends and family coming to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, and for the ones who do know Him to have an even deeper and more profound relationship with Him.
Sharing Christ and affirming His Word is something that I, and most Christians, can get better at doing. But there can be more to sharing Jesus than just wishing someone a “Merry Christmas”. We need to also defend the truth of His deity and the authenticity of the biblical text. Remember, Jesus is the Word. All of the Word!
Truth of Genesis, and other biblical creation organizations, spend much time trying to help people see that perspective. Through building on the foundation of the Gospel, Genesis, we hope that Christ may be glorified as Creator, Redeemer, Lord and Savior. The goal is to show that real science and biblical interpretation confirm the accuracy of God’ word and therefore the Gospel of Christ. As the song says,
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
I’m greatly encouraged by people like Karen who is a friend of our ministry. She takes the opportunity of Christmas to give out apologetic or Christ affirming gifts and notes to people she knows. This year Karen gave out the DVD “God vs. Evolution”. By giving out faith affirming material, and learning how to defend the truth ourselves, we can help people reduce some of the barriers the secular world has attempted to build between people and the life giving message Jesus’ birth.
As you sing hymns this Christmas season, think about what Jesus really did by coming to earth on Christmas day. He brought the light of truth into a dark and dying world as “THE” perfect gift.
Make it a point at Christmas and throughout the year to build up people’s faith and the authority of scripture. Give some gifts and send some notes of encouragement that do just that.
O Holy Night concludes with:
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from Truth of Genesis!