Holiday Thoughts 8

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,

We live in a day of great spiritual famine and that is a truth without much controversy at all if we simply compare what is going on in our day with the times when God poured out His Spirit upon His people. We have people taking loud and very strong stands against certain sins and certain positions. We have people being very strong for certain doctrines and certain practices. We have people who will stand strong for moral positions and for doctrinal creeds. There are many people like that in our day.

However, some of those same people cannot be found preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His free-grace. It is almost bizarre (in my opinion) to find people who will rant on moral issues and leave the Gospel virtually unmentioned much less preached. Oh how people will make much of the birth of baby Jesus and at best one here or one there may mention that He came to love God with all of His being and give His life as a sacrifice for sin. The birth of Christ should show us how vile and wretched we are and how helpless we are in our spiritual death and bondage to sin, but that is not mentioned either. We are so vile in our sin that the second Person of the Trinity had to take human flesh in order to earn a perfect righteousness and be a perfect sacrifice. The birth of Christ does not declare to us how wonderful we are, it declares to us how sinful we are.

Christ did not come to give useless toys to people and He did not come to show us how we are to give gifts to others. He came to glorify God by saving sinners. We have no record of the Lord Jesus Christ giving a gift to anyone, but what we see is that He Himself is the best and greatest gift. When we give gifts we can give things that turn the hearts of people from Christ, yet He have Himself and turned people to Himself. He is the greatest gift and He will turn hearts back to the Father.

It is still a puzzle and grief when the professing churches in our day will spend so much time on the baby Jesus theme and spend time on the sentimentality of it all, yet the true Christ is not preached. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ appears to be well hidden in our day and this time of year it is hidden quite well behind the curtains of sentimentality and a Jesus that as a baby is helpless and harmless (we think). While it is true that Jesus was not born on December 25 and it is a Roman Catholic holiday that Protestants have swallowed whole, if only the ministers of the day would stay away from all the trappings of this time of year and seek and preach Christ, even and especially the whole Christ.

As stated above, we are in a terrible spiritual famine. Following the calendar as to stated holy days will not help. The only thing that will help is if God Himself will put rods in the backs of His ministers and they will preach the whole Christ week after week. We need the whole Christ and we need the whole Gospel. We need the whole Gospel preached from men who have hearts full of Christ and a conviction of Christ and His Gospel of free-grace. We don’t really need to hear nice little sermons about the facts of Christ; our hearts must be confronted with the Lord of glory. We don’t need to hear nice sermons on the birth of Christ, we need to hear the full Christ declared from hearts who are bowed before this Lord and who are full of the life of this resurrected Christ.

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