The Present of Christmas

Matthew 1:19-25 (KJV)

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

In the Christmas story you find these three certainties- peace, hope, and love.

We can find peace in that God was and is and will always be in control. In Matthew 1:18-20, we find that God shocks Mary and Joseph with the news that Mary was found with child.  This surely caused confusion and terror in the lives of both Mary and Joseph.  Joseph in particular dealt with a dilemma on how to handle Mary’s pregnancy.  The people would surely judge Mary and in doing so expect a reaction from Joseph. In the midst of confusion and emotionally reactions, Joseph receives a word from God.  God spoke to Joseph for two reasons.  One reason was to replace all the fear and confusion with peace and the second was to reassure Joseph that God was still in control.

Just as He knew what was happening in Nazareth, he knows what is happening in your home and in your life.  He knows just what to say to bring peace into your house this Christmas. With the past behind and the future ahead, we are here with the present of Christmas.  The knowledge of the Lord being in control is a wonderful truth of the Christmas story.

Romans 8:28 (KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We find hope through the Christmas story by realizing God can do anything.  In verses 22-25, the birth of Christ miraculously fulfills prophecy.  Fulfilled prophecy tells us that what God promises, He CAN perform.  God DID fulfill prophecy, and He DID create life in a virgin womb.  This tells us that nothing is too hard for God.  He CAN.

 

*    “You don’t know my need.”  God does, and He CAN meet it.

*    “You don’t know how I hurt.”  God does, and He CAN heal it.

*    “You don’t know my problem.”  God does, and He CAN solve it.

Hebrews 6:19 (KJV)

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast…

Lastly, we find love in the Christmas story.  It was God’s love that compelled Him to send His Son to be born – and, eventually, to die for our sins.  When we deserved a judge, we received a Savior. We are all reminded of the present of Christmas.  There was time in our lives when we were at the crossroads.  Our past filled with the life of sin and our future filled with hope in Christ, we stood there with the present of salvation.  Do we accept it or do we reject it?  Do we open it or do we return it?

The present of Christmas is a signature event in history.  It stands as a divider of a time for the entire world:  before Christ and after Christ.  I want you to know the same is true on an individual level.  I can take you to the time and I can take you to the place, where all my sins were washed away in Jesus name.  I can identify my life before Christ and after Christ.  I’m so glad I opened the present of Christmas

An artist was painting a winter landscape.  He painted the ground beneath a blanket of snow, with pine trees their limbs capped in white.  Then, with a few deft strokes of his brush, night fell on the canvas and the entire scene was covered with semi-darkness.

A grim log cabin was barely visible in the shadows.  Finally, the artist dipped his brush in the yellow paint of his pallet, and carefully added to one of the cabin windows the warm glow of a lamp.  As he finished the painting, the gold rays of the lamp reflected happily on the fresh snow.  The lonely light totally changed the tone of the picture, replacing the gloomy chilled night with a warm and secure homestead.

 

What happened on that canvas happened two thousand years ago on the world’s canvas.  The tiny baby Jesus came into a grim and dark world, shining His light across the barren landscape – a light that still invites men and women to come into the warmth of His grace.   Here, we find peace, and hope, and love in Christ Jesus.  The present of Christmas.

Here we realize…

*    God is in control and will fill our Christmas with peace

*    God can and will fill our Christmas with hope

*    God cares and will fill our Christmas with love

Matthew 1:21 (KJV)

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

The Present of Christmas is Jesus our Life Savior!!