Holiday Thoughts 7

Romans 1:15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH “.”

II Cor 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

1 Timothy 1:11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

2 Timothy 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

Luther stated that the Church (and each person) did in fact rise or fall with the Gospel. It is the Gospel of Christ and the Gospel of God and the Gospel of the glory of God that we are speaking of. The Gospel is not some simple message that we unload on people in a couple of minutes here and there, but the Gospel of the glory of God is the very heart of the Old and New Testaments. The Gospel is not just some facts that we tell people and it is not just some information given, it is the good news of who God is and what He has accomplished in and through Jesus Christ. The Gospel is not limited to what we can know by our intellects, it is about the acts of God and God Himself. This is to say that we must change our thinking about the Gospel.

The Gospel is also a Gospel of life. The Gospel of Christ is also the Gospel of life because Christ is life Himself. I John 5:20 is quite clear that eternal life is Christ, which shows us why we must have Christ in order to have life. The Gospel is the living God bringing life to dead sinners by the death of Christ and His resurrection to life. Christ Himself is the way, the truth, and the life. It is Christ Himself who is the way itself and not just that Christ tells us of a way. It is Christ Himself who is the truth as opposed to just telling us about the truth. It is Christ Himself who is the life and it is not just something He tells people about.

The holiday season, as practiced in our day, is really all about the birth of baby Jesus and not about the shining forth of the glory of God. The holiday season focuses on the baby Jesus and not about how He was the very tabernacle of God on this planet. The holiday season has forgotten about the real and true Gospel of Christ and instead focuses on a baby in the manger. Not one person can ever be saved by a preaching of the baby Jesus, but instead it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the hands of the living God that saves sinners.

Acts 17:18 And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”– because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about the resurrected Savior and not about a baby in the manger. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about the resurrected and living Savior who is sovereign over all men. The Gospel is a living Gospel because it is about the living God and the living Christ. The Gospel is not about a baby in the manger, it is about the Lord Jesus Christ before whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. The holiday season does not move hearts to awe, it moves them to sentimentalism. The Gospel of life looks to Christ who was sacrificed and rose again in the place of sinners. It is the crucified and resurrected Savior that we should preach as it is the Gospel of the crucified and resurrected Savior that is the power of God unto salvation.

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