Enjoy these perspectives of Christmas as you participate in this glorious season of the year.
The Birthday of Jesus
Christmas was His birthday. The Cross and Resurrection was our birthday. His birthday was Heaven breaking into the realm of selfishness to unveil Love. He knew why He came. He knew what the end would mean, yet Love drove Him as a leaf upon a stream. It was Love incarnate in that manger cradle. The Helpless Babe by E.W. Kenyon.
The Love Gift
The reason we give gifts on this day is because Love came… a new kind of Love. For the first time in human history, men found that giving is a part of their very being. They gave themselves first to the Lord, then they gave themselves to the ministry of Love. Love had never been before. All actions sprang from the common stem of selfishness. Selfishness was born in the human heart in the Garden when man fell.
Today we give, because He gave to us. Today we love, because He shed His Love in our hearts. We are celebrating Love’s natal day. Love’s birthday into the realm of selfishness." The Helpless Babe by E.W. Kenyon
The final scene takes us to the moonlit hills of Bethlehem, as recorded in Luke chapter 2. It was here that the temple flocks were kept until needed as sacrifices for the worship of God. And it was here that the world was soon to see the Lamb of God Who came to take away the sin of the world — your sin and mine.
One night some shepherds were suddenly startled by another angelic appearance, and with a very similar result to those already discussed. The shepherds “were sore afraid” — terror-stricken. But the angel said unto them, “Fear not… behold a Savior” (Luke 2:10-11). The answer to fear then is the Savior, Christ the Lord. And to prove that it applies to you, listen to the complete message given by the angel: “Fear Not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.”
What did the shepherds do? You will find the answer in Luke 2:15: “The shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem…” They went to the place where Christ could be found and they, in turn, found satisfaction. “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20).
There is satisfaction for you also, and it is to be found in the Christ. He said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest!” (Matthew 11:28). Right now, you can find the real meaning of Christmas — Christ within! Then fear will be a thing of the past, and faith the guiding factor in your life. Fear Not: Behold a Savior by Peter Wade.
[Note: E.W. Kenyon was a dynamic man of God in the early 1900’s that touched hearts around the world. Peter Wade is from Australia and is a remarkable man of God that always hits the heart with his insightful teachings. His works are available at: www.peterwade.com]