The Treasure of Christmas

Hopefully everyone is somewhat familiar with the Christmas story. Caesar Augustus had decreed that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. As a result, Joseph left Nazareth with his wife Mary who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. It was in Bethlehem, the town of David, where Mary gave birth to her first-born son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. The story continues that shepherds were visited by an angel who encouraged them to not fear, but revealed to them the good news that would be for all people. This good news revealed that a Savior had been born in the town of David.  This Savior was Christ the Lord! Luke continued this revelation by testifying that “suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
 
The Bible also shares the good news that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” providing the opportunity for every human being to find personal salvation. It was John who shared this reality and how each man, woman, boy and girl could share in God’s grace revealed in Jesus. The point being that whoever would believe in the only begotten Son of God would not suffer condemnation, but would find God’s favor that was intended to rest on every man.  However, the failure to believe on the only begotten Son of God would forfeit the opportunity of salvation which represented the heart of God for all mankind. From the beginning it was God’s plan to redeem man unto Himself. Matthew confirms the very purpose or need for Jesus to be born.  Again, it was the angel who appeared to Joseph and proclaimed the revelation of God concerning the birth of Jesus. Speaking of Mary who was pledged to Joseph, the angel said: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
 
This is the treasure of Christmas – that Jesus was born to save us. This is the treasure of Christmas – that God loved us so much that He would allow His only Son to be born to die in our place. This is the treasure of Christmas – that Jesus would bear all of our sins on the cross that we might have a right to the Tree of Life. Yes, this is the treasure of Christmas – that God, Himself, would provide for all humanity a means by which we could be reconciled again to the Creator. And yet, in spite of this great sacrifice, there are still those who will not accept the goodness of the Father shown to them. But for those who have, and for those who will, may the Word of the Living God be fulfilled in your lives: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”  May your Christmas be a Merry One, and more importantly, may you be one of those on whom God’s favor rests.
 
Have a Merry Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year!

In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor


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