Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Christmas Special: The life of the one who would change the world.
Friday, December 24, 2010
JOH 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”
On the very first Christmas Eve, earth was unaware as to what was happening around them.
The earliest reference to Christmas being celebrated on December the comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth.
Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter return of the sun-and honored Saturn, the god of sowing.
Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority Christian sect.
Christmas developed as a means of replacing worship of the sun with worship of the Son.
By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday.
However, the world, back then, was absorbed with that which was not important…so engrossed in their own lives and preoccupied with vanity and emptiness.
The innumerable Holy and Elect angels were waiting in anticipation. They were waiting to break forth in praise and worship and adoration to the birth of a new born child, the Son of God.
A fulfillment of ISA 9:6, For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
On that first Christmas Eve there was also a farewell going on in heaven, the Son said goodbye to the Father.
HEB 10:5, Therefore, when He comes into the world [this is the first Christmas], He says, “Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, But a [human] body Thou hast prepared for Me;”
Note that the physical body of the humanity of Christ was prepared for Him beforehand by God the Father.
HEB 10:6-7, In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, “Behold, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of Me) To do Thy will, O God.”
Father I realize that You have not been satisfied with the blood of animals and therefore you have prepared a body for me so that I could be the ultimate sacrifice.
2CO 8:9, For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.