Bible Lesson 25

Since it is December, the month that we observe Christmas, which is supposed to represent our belief in the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, the God-Man, we will open the word of God and let it show us the truth about this time. We all know that the 25th of December is the day that is set aside to honor the birth of the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ; however, if you ask most people on the street, what Christmas is all about you will find that most would answer Santa Claus and presents and a Christmas tree. What would your answer be? If we are honest with ourselves, most of us think Santa Clause and trees and presents; and that would be no problem if we do not commercialize this season and place emphasis where it does not deserve to be. Frankly, nearly all of us have been raised to look for Santa and we even encourage our children to go to bed early on that night and to listen for the hoofbeats of tiny reindeer on the roof, to signal that Santa is going to come down the chimney and leave presents for everyone.

Many will ask, well what’s wrong with that? The problem is that it is a lie, pure and simple and it is a lie that must be revealed as a lie as children grow to be a little older. Look at it this way, if you had someone close to you who told you one lie after another as your relationship grew and then you found out that they had been telling you a bunch of lies, what would you think? Now apply that to what we do to our children: as we tell them about Santa Claus; and then the sandman and then the tooth fairy.

When they are growing up and get to the place where we want to tell them about Jesus Christ, they will think that He is just another fairy tale. Argue with that if you are going to insist upon honoring Santa instead of Jesus this season, but just remember there is a better way to emphasize this season. There is a higher and more noble and glorious reason for this season and I will simply point to what John the Baptist has to say of the one who was born during this season, and that was??..? Behold the Lamb of God?! (See John 1:29).

I would remind you that since that first sin by the creature called man, there in the garden of Eden, every man born by natural birth into this world has been born under the wrath of God and was without help and hope; until the night that our Lord and Savior were born there in the little town of Bethlehem of Judea. That birth was the beginning of man’s salvation and return to God.

That was the night that light came into the world and began to dispel the darkness of sin. Because of that night and that Birth and that great and gracious event by God, we can now sing,?Joy to the World! The Lord has come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing.?

All of us should remember the Biblical account of how men reacted to that birth. The wise men of the east journeyed from distant cities to the place where the star stood, the Shepherds received a visit from an angel of the Lord, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; they were afraid but the angel said?

Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day, in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger? Then, suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth goodwill toward men?.

Wouldn’t that be a better message to share with your wee ones on Christmas, than the one that says?. Santa Claus is coming to town? It doesn’t matter how many presents you have bought for your children or what the cost, they can never come near the present that God gave to mankind that very special night, in that stable there in Bethlehem.

We can give only temporary things and much that we give on Christmas is never really used or is the wrong color or wrong size; however, the gift that God gave to His world that night is the most precious gift that anyone can receive. God’s gift came at the cost of the blood and the life of the sinless Son of God, came through his suffering the weight of the world’s sin on his shoulders, and finally came at the expense of having the Father turn His face away from Him as He became sin for those who would believe and obey.

That Christmas night there in Bethlehem was all about perfection and illumination and freedom, for those who truly believe; and yet we persist in observing it as if it were a race to out give the people next door. We neglect the greatest gift that a parent can give his children and that is the knowledge of what God has done for us in and by His Son Jesus Christ. Why won’t we forgo so much commercialism and the lies that are required to make our children believe in someone who never existed, over the purity and perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ who has existed forever and will never die?

Jesus was the Messiah, who was born in the First Century, yet belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, and yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries. He was not born to create a center-peace for some play or song, He was born for a purpose, and that was to trade his perfect righteousness for my dastardly sins. He was born to give those who believe and obey, eternal life, by dying in our place on the cross, to redeem us from sin.

You won’t find much about the life of Santa Claus in books, because there has never been such a person; however, there is no other birth in history, as well documented as the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ. The Encyclopaedia Britannica devotes more words to Jesus than to Aristotle, Cicero, Julius Caesar, or Napoleon; and above and beyond that The Word of God documents that He is the one who came from heaven and took on the form and flesh of mankind, became the God-man, and lived like us and with us to better reveal God to man. He came to die to remove the stain of sin and the guilt of disobedience from those who would believe and obey and to give them life eternal and more abundantly.

Let us believe and demonstrate to ourselves and others that Christmas is not a myth, not a tradition, and not a dream. It is one of the absolute realities of our world. That manger there in Bethlehem became man’s connection to a loving God. That Babe that was born there showed us the truth about life and how to live it, He brings us into a relationship with the Father God; and as the Prophet Isaiah was inspired to write, ?unto us a child is born, to us a son is given?. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace?.

So again I call to you that read this lesson,?Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?. Behold there means much more than to glance up and see Jesus Christ, it carries a deep and fuller meaning, which means to comprehend who He is. This season would be a great time for all of us to step off the merry-go-round of keeping tradition and apply ourselves to Behold the Lamb of God. This season would be a good time to begin a new tradition, one which honors the Lord and Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, in place of St. Nick. Won’t you try to honor the one who loved you enough to leave Heaven, and comes to this sin-sick world, and dies to pay the sin debt for those who truly come to Him and love Him enough to obey Him? (See John 14:21-24).

This is the season that we celebrate the fact that God demonstrated his Love and Grace and Mercy to us, in sending the one who would die on a cross, some 33 years later. He volunteered to take your place and mine and bleed and die to make us acceptable to the Father. I will pray that you will not only think about Jesus Christ this Christmas but that you make Him the focus and the reason for your family’s celebration. Our next lesson will deal with the awful price that Jesus paid for your salvation. I wish you a happy and holy season to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Behold the Lamb of God.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob