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What Difference Does Christmas Make (2 of 4)

December 16th, 2009

Scientists tell us that for those of us who live north of the equator, the longest night of the year is December 21 — the winter solstice. But any kid knows that the longest night of the year is not December 21st, it’s three days later on Christmas Eve.  I remember as a kid, I used to wake my parents up, six or seven times a night on Christmas Eve saying, Is it Christmas time yet? Many spankings I remember receiving on Christmas Eve due to childish annoyance.

What time is Christmas? The Bible says that everything that happens in the world happens exactly in the timing that God chooses. The Bible says that God specifically chose the time when Jesus Christ would come to earth. It was not an accident. In history, He specifically chose that time as the time for Jesus’ birth.  This is what God says through the apostle Paul:

Galatians 4:4-5 (Living Bible) When the right time came, the time God decided on, He sent His son, born of a woman so that He could adopt us as His very own children. God waited until just the right time to send Jesus Christ.

What time is Christmas this year? The answer to that question is found in the four statements the angels gave to the shepherds at the very first Christmas. There are four things that the angels said that we’re to do at Christmas.

1.  Christmas is time to release my fears

2.  Christmas is time to renew my faith.

3.  Christmas is time to receive forgiveness.

4.  Christmas is time to rebuild relationships.

It’s time to release your fears. Let go and let God handle that problem you’ve been worried about.  Just say, I’m going to let go of it and give You this problem. It’s time to renew your faith. Good News. God says I love you. I made you. You matter to Me .I want you to know Me. That’s good news! Renew your faith. Come back to God. It’s time to receive forgiveness. “Unto you is born a Savior.” If God hadn’t thought you needed a Savior He certainly wouldn’t have sent one. You need it. Admit it, we need God, Christ, as our Savior. We don’t stand a hope in a jillion of making it to heaven on our own effort. And it’s time to rebuild relationships. Why don’t you start by establishing the most important relationship? That’s the one between you and God.

We can’t focus so much on friends, family, and that hovering “to-do” list during Christmas time this year. God didn’t mean it that way; He wanted Christmas to be between us. This December has to be different. Take a few moments this week to thank Him for the four gifts that came true when the Truth came to us.

Zach

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December 16, 2009 - Posted by | Zach |

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