Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

The Apostle John wrote as the first words of his gospel account-

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

On this Christmas remember:

1. Christ is our life. In him is life. There is no true life, no eternal life, apart from Christ. People may have a heart beating in their chest, at least for a short 70 years or so, but if they are not united to Christ by faith, they are in fact dead. If you trust on Christ, give praise to God that He has given you life. You are no longer dead in your trespasses and sins! Christ doesn't give just any life, He gives abundant life. There is so much vanity and waste that passes for "living the life" today. I'm sure some of my unbelieving friends would say I'm missing out on living. In reality, however, look at the "life" of a spiritually dead person. Would you really trade with them? No way. Life in Christ is real living.

2. Christ is our light. Christ shines on everything and reveals what is true about it. When light comes to darkness previously hidden danger can be seen and the pathway is made clear. Christ came to redeem us and give us life but He didn't stop there- He came to guide and direct us with truth (Himself). Those who are alive together with Christ are not aimless, purposeless, wanderers. The Word of God is made effectual and profitable by the Holy Spirit sent by the Father and the Son. The Word of Christ can now dwell richly in us. This is Christ as the Light. When we have Life in Christ we gain a new perspective. We see the world in light of the Light.

Christ is our life and light, please don't forget it.


Rick Calohan said...

Tony, I did not get a chance to say this to you after the Christmas Eve Candelight Service last night, "Buon Natale!" The first verse in the Bible I learned was John 14:6 which you also mention last night.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Post Tenebras Lux*After Darkness Light

Salvation is by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in the Scripture alone to the Glory of God alone! Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria!

Merry Christmas!

Frontier Forest said...

Trying to forget this year and looking very forward to 2009, this was a Christmas that will be long remembered