2015 Christmas Service
25 Dec 2015
Unlike the world’s materialistic reasons for observing a holiday, Christmas is an opportunity for us as Believers to give thanks for Jesus’ birth. Jesus Christ was born to bring us peace, reconciliation, grace, truth, and abundant life, but He also came to save us from sin and bring us authority in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. This is cause for true celebration of a very special birthday. He is the reason for the season.
A. Jesus re-established peace and harmony between mankind and heaven.
- When the angel came to the shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, the angel praised God and spoke of peace and good will toward men (Luke 2:11-14).
- Peace was not always present before His birth, so this was a big deal. Previously, enmity existed between God and mankind.
- Jesus is our peace. He broke down the wall that separated us from God (Ephesians 2:14-17).
- He restored the relationship between God and people.
- Anyone in Christ is a new creature. The old things are gone, and everything is new. Jesus reconciled us to the Father and made us righteous (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
- Because of this, God no longer holds our sins against us.
B. Jesus’ birth also brought new life and salvation for us.
- The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus was born to give us abundant life (John 10:10).
- It is God’s will for us to have goodness in all areas of our life.
- Just as the Father has life, the Son also has life. As the Son, Jesus has authority to execute judgment (John 5:26, 27).
- Jesus’ birth was the embodiment of God’s decree that a physical body is required to execute judgment.
- With a body, He was then able to correct the wrong that was done in the garden of Eden.
- Jesus saves His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
- This covers our past, present, and future sins.
- He paid the price to take them all away, so we no longer need to walk in guilt or condemnation.
- Jesus is the Word in the flesh. He is also Grace and Truth (John 1:14, 17).
- We are now under grace, and no longer under the Law of Moses.
- Luke 2:11-14
- John 5:26, 27
- Ephesians 2:14-17
- Matthew 1:21
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
- John 1:14, 17
- John 10:10