Peace with God
Sermons & Articles
Christmas means so many different things to different people. To some
it is time for a break from work after a busy year. For others it is a
time to celebrate with family and friends and exchange gifts. While for
others it is a time to stop and celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.
For me as a Christian it is a combination of the three. It is a time
for a break, a time to exchange gifts with family and a time to remember
the baby Jesus - His birth and what it means to me.
Today I want to share three reasons why Jesus was born at Christmas.
Not three reasons why He was born on December 25th, but three reasons
why He was born... why He came to us.
1. Jesus was born at Christmas to show God is not far off and
Some people I speak to think that God is far off and distant. They
believe He is a creator who made this world, set it in place and watches
from a distance. He is at arms-length and only takes a passing interest.
They think there is no way that He is involved or intervenes in our
world or lives.
If we look at the Bible we see this idea is far from a reality. We
see that since the creation of the world God has been intimately
involved. In Genesis we see that God walked with Adam in the cool of the
evening in the garden. We see God gave Moses commandments on how we
should live and relate to God and each other. We see God intervened by
parting the Red Sea when His people we certain to die. God even sent
prophets when His people were off track and needed to be brought back to
Him. We see that there was Angelic visitations record in the Bible. God
announced that Mary would become pregnant with Jesus and when Jesus was
born Angels appeared again.
All these things point to a God who is not far off and distant. But
the most important one of all is the birth of the baby Jesus. Jesus left
the glories of heaven, the perfection of heaven to be born amongst us.
He didn't come as a mighty King, He came as a humble baby born in a
stable. Our carols that we sing use the word Immanuel. This means God is
with us. The baby Jesus was God wrapped in skin. Nothing is more
vulnerable than a new born baby. This is how Jesus came to show us what
God is like. Not far off and distant, but close up and personal.
2. Jesus was born at Christmas to show God is for all people
One of the things I love about Jesus is that He is a Saviour for all
people. In the Bible we see that He spent time with and reached out to
people of all backgrounds and nationalities. This is especially
interesting because at the time Jesus walked the earth, many people only
spent time with people from their own people group. They did not mix
with others because in many cases they thought they were unclean.
Here are a few examples of the different groups of people Jesus spent
time with -The Sadducees (Matthew 22:23), the Pharisees (Matthew
12:2-6), the Herodians (Matthew 22:15-22), the Romans (Luke 7:2), the
Zealots (Luke 6:15), and the Samaritans (John 4:39-42).
Combine this with Jesus spending time with other social outcasts of the
day like tax collectors, prostitutes and lepers shows that Jesus was a
Saviour for all people. He didn’t discriminate. He just genuinely loved
and cared for people, no matter whom they were or what they had done.
Jesus was born at Christmas to show that He was a Saviour for all
people. He doesn’t belong to one ethnic group, one social class of
people or one period of time. He is the timeless Christmas gift – for
all people, for all time.
3. Jesus was born at Christmas to save us
The ultimate reason why Jesus was
born at Christmas was to save us. The Bible tells us in Luke 19:10 that
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. And in Matthew 1:21 it says,, "And
she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save
people from their sins".
The Bible tells us that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. John 14:6
says, “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me". This verse tells us that
Jesus is the way to the Father. The Bible also tells us in Acts 4:12
that there is no other way to find salvation. Salvation comes through
Jesus Christ alone.
It was in that moment that I realised that God loved me so much that
He sent Jesus into the world to save me. It began a journey where I came
to the point over the next year of finding faith in Christ. My life took
on a whole perspective and a whole new meaning. I didn’t feel alone in a
crowd anymore. The hole inside me was filled. I realised I had a God
shaped hole that could only be filled by Jesus. My life changed from
being all about me, to serving God by serving others.
The good news is Jesus came for you too. God moved heaven and earth for
you. He loves you and cares for you with a love that stretches out from
eternity. It is a love that pierces the darkness of this world and
reaches it hand out to you. Today before I hand you back over to the
music team, I want to say that God loves you, He is not far off and
distant, He is for you and He wants to be a part of your life. I have
left some little pamphlets called “Steps to Peace with God” at the back.
If you are interested I would encourage you to take one and read it. It
is my hope and prayer that God will speak to you and you will find the
love of Christ this Christmas. Just like I did all those years ago, in
1989. God’s richest blessing to you all.
Jesus was born at Christmas time to
show you that God is far off and distant, that God is for all people
including you and I, and that Jesus’ ultimate reason for coming at
Christmas is to save us so we can spend eternity with Him.
Please note: You can find a copy of the “Steps
to Peace with God” pamphlet here
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSION Australia
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