The Glory of Christmas
What a powerful illustration of the fact that one person can make a difference and what can happen when one gives his life for another. As the Bible teaches us, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." And what a powerful reminder of the One who laid down his life for you and me—the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God—who stepped out of the ivory palaces of heaven, laid aside his external robes of deity, clothed himself in a garment of human flesh, and became a man to identify himself with us when he came to earth at that first Christmas 2,000 years ago so he could become our Savior to die for our sins and save us from the curse of hell and a lost eternity.
Some people argue, if God is a God of love how could he ever send anyone to hell? The reality is that God doesn’t send anyone to hell except Satan and his horde of evil demons for whom hell was created. If we go to hell it is because it is the natural consequences of our sinfulness. We send ourselves there.
Let me illustrate. If I jump from a very high tower the natural consequence will be that I will kill myself. It will be the result of my trying to defy the law of gravity, the law that holds the universe together. I cannot break this law. If I try to, it breaks me—physically.
There is also a moral or spiritual law that governs the universe just as real as the law of gravity. Neither can this law be broken without natural consequences. If I try to break it, it breaks me—spiritually. According to God’s Word, the Bible, the consequences of breaking the moral law is death; that is, spiritual death which, following physical death will be eternal separation from God, the author of all love and life—and that will be both hell and in hell.
Because we have all sinned, we are spiritually dead and consequently separated from God who is also a God of holiness in whose presence no sin can ever exist or sinner survive.
If God is a God of love, how
could he send anyone to hell?
That’s the bad news. The good news is that as there is a higher law than the law of gravity—the law of aerodynamics—there is also a higher law than the law of sin and death (which is the result of breaking the moral law). It is the law of the Spirit of life which God provided through his love by giving his own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place to pay the consequences of our sin and our breaking the moral law.
As God’s Word says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Also, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Because Christ gave his life and died for us, God now offers us a free pardon for all our sin and in accepting this pardon we are freed from the law of sin and death. As the Bible says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life sets me free from the law of sin and death."
And that’s the glory of Christmas. It’s the greatest Christmas gift anyone could ever give or ever receive. All you need to do is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died on the cross in your place to pay the penalty for all your sins ... and pray and confess your sinfulness to God, thank him for giving his Son to die in your place, ask for his forgiveness, and invite Jesus Christ to come into your heart and life as personal Lord and Savior. Doing this is your "passport into heaven," without which you can never enter this haven of untold beauty, joy, and love. Whatever you do, don’t leave earth without it!
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1. Taken from Holy Sweat by Tim Hansel, Word Publication, 1987. Pp. 146-147.
2. John 15:13 (NIV).
3. See Romans 6:23.
4. Romans 5:8 (NIV).
5. John 3:16 (NIV).
6. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV).
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