Saturday, December 24, 2011

Why Christ became a man

It was the harshest of all frontier winters. The man’s wife and children left for the Christmas Eve worship. He could not bring himself to believe in the Christ of Christmas. To him, God, becoming a man to “save” humanity, was, absurd.

The old Indian chief’s community weather forecast proved to be false. Rather than just a few flurries there appeared on the horizon a cold wind of blanketing heavy snow. As the wind increased with intermittent gusts and the snow began to drift, the man scurried to gather the farm animals into the barn. 


Once inside the sheltered barn with all the animals intact, the man noticed the birds being blown hither and yon by the gusting winds. It was if they also wanted in the sheltered barn to be delivered from the treacherous storm. 

The man, who loved birds and often welcomed their nests as perched residences within his barn, sadly paused before closing the door. He thought to himself:


“If only I could coax them inside, they would not freeze and would be saved from the wintry blast. It’s too bad I can’t be a like a bird and communicate with them to coax them into my barn. If only briefly, I could transform myself into a bird, I could fly to the flock, inform them of the present danger they face and end up rescuing them into my barn of safety – free from the present dangers and ultimate devastation of the wind, snow and cold.”

Upon hearing himself think these [above] thoughts, there flashed into the man’s mind, the clear and simple meaning of the First Christmas.

My friend, the simple, yet clear meaning and significance of Christmas, is the celebration of Jesus Christ. He came as God, in human flesh to destroy sin, (eternal) death and the devil. He came to rescue us from our sins and eternal death (damnation) by His birth, [holy] life, suffering, death and resurrection. He came to deliver us from being children of God’s just and holy wrath [because of our sins] and call us into His family. [Ephesians 2:1-10] The Lord God could do that masterful divine work, no other way, than to communicate with us -- and He did so with flesh and blood. He did it by being born as you and me [yet, without sin]. He did it by living a sinless life, (of which we could not), and by suffering and dying [as God's perfect sacrifice for human sin] upon a cross. He completed his rescue and sealed its eternal finality by rising from the dead.

It is my prayer that those of you who visit this site, would come to know by faith [Hebrews 11:6] the one and only Triune God, who manifested Himself in the Savior person of, Jesus Christ. The good Lord did not leave His creation without a clue. He provided for us the Holy Scriptures -- His Divine Revelation for that very purpose. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; James 1:18


May you utilize this website to help equip you to understand, by faith, that, which only the Lord of all, can reveal to you.

Amen.

Related topical messages (to the above):
Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins



Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Scriptures:

Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures:

Isaiah 9:6-7 -- The Savior, Christ, prophesied 700 hundred of years before his birth

New Testament Christian Scriptures:

Luke 2:1-20 -- The first Christmas -- Jesus Christ, the Savior, is born

Matthew 7:13-29 -- Words of Jesus, the Christ

John 3: 14-21 -- The Gospel Message

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel
http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?” 


Note: The above sermon message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for a great message and sharing a very illustrative story of how the Word hits us.

    LPC

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  2. LPC - This short topical message is one of my favorites. Years ago, I remember reading or hearing this short story. I attempted to find it in print, and was unsuccessful; but, remembered it sufficient enough to recall it; written up, as you and others now see it.

    God, personally coming to His creation is what makes the Christian religion so real and true. He identifies with what He has made. He takes on our human nature; yet without our Adamic sinful nature! No other religion has historical real-time "marks" as does the Christian Faith!

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