In celebration of the Christmas season, I want to share with you some highlights from a message that the Lord gave me to share with Revival Temple of Power Ministries in 2011. The scriptural references are from Matthew Chapters 1 and 2.
Christmas is about being around those you love some may say. It is about that and so much more. It is about Jesus. You see before Jesus Christ could die for the penalty of sin for the world He had to be born. Before Jesus could be laid in Joseph of Arimathea's borrowed tomb, He had to be born from the virgin Mary's womb.How would you feel if those closest to you did not acknowledge your birthday? No telephone calls, emails, texts, visits, or gifts that say Happy Birthday.
I have not had this ever happen, but I can only imagine it is a horrible feeling. I then think about how the day that is appointed to celebrate Jesus Christ's birthday is commercialized with department store ads without the words "Merry Christmas", "end of the year" parties, and decorations surrounding Santa Claus and his reindeer. In many places the words "Merry Christmas" have been replaced with "Happy Holidays" and "Seasons Greetings."
This occurrence is not new at all. When Jesus was a baby, King Herod sought to have Him killed. Herod wanted to take Jesus out! Herod was a man that was not afraid of removing those that he felt threatened by.He had his second wife and her mother murdered, three of his sons executed, his brother-in-law drowned, and his sister's husband murdered to name a few because he felt they threatened his throne as king. He issued an order to have all baby boys 2 years old and under in Bethlehem murdered because of the prophecy spoken by Micah that a ruler would come out of Bethlehem and shepherd the people of Israel. Because Joseph, Mary's husband, heard and obeyed the voice of God they escaped safely into Egypt to keep Jesus out of harm's way.
Here are three reasons why Christ could not be taken out. Number one is that God cannot lie. There are prophecies from God in Isaiah 7:14 and Micah 5:2-3 that had to come to pass. Another reason is that we would have more of things that do not produce positive results. In Spanish mas means "more". Here are some words that you'll be more of if you take Christ out (__________mas): worry, depression, stress, unhappiness, and confusion. You can get to a point of being so full of everything else, but still be empty. Lastly, the world would be in a state of eternal damnation. Matthew 1:21 states, "and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
This is what happens when you keep Christ in Christmas. You hear AND obey the voice of God. It is not good enough to only hear. You must follow what the Lord says. This was the case for both Joseph and the wise men. Next, you diligently seek for and worship Him, and your enemy will always be defeated.
Not only should you keep Christ in Christmas, but keep Him in everything that you do. Surrender your way of doing things and your way of thinking and decide to follow Jesus. Ask God to forgive you of all your sins, Believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and He is the savior of the world. As a result, His blood that was shed paid the price for the penalty of your sin saves you from hell in Jesus's name! The Holy Spirit enters you and He will lead, guide, and teach you all things.
Merry Christmas to you!