The conquering Christ of Christmas
The conquering Christ is the central figure throughout the Scriptures. In the Old Testament, through the Passover, people looked forward to redemption. In the New Testament, during the Christmas season, we look back to the Incarnation.
In the Book of Isaiah, the centrality of the conquering Christ is vividly seen. The chapters divide into 39 and 27, as do the Old and New Testament books. The first 39 chapters have an Old Testament ring; the 27 chapters thrill with the evangel of the New Testament.
The last 27 chapters divide into three sections of nine chapters each. Isaiah, in his center division, deals with the Messiah. Of the nine chapters in the Messiah section (49-57), the center chapter (53) gives a clear view of Calvary. Isaiahs name means "salvation of Jehovah."
One moment Isaiah is black with thunder and the darkness of the storm. Then the rainbow shines through, and Isaiah sweeps his readers onto the Golden Age still ahead. He writes about the Savior and Sovereign to illustrate the cross and the crown.
To Isaiah, Christ is as much the Lamb of God as He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Twenty-seven hundred years ago, he wrote, "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this" (Isaiah 9:6,7, NASB).
From these verses come steps to ensure that our conquering Christ is central during our Christmas celebration. We need to:
Respond to His profound
To the Christian, the Lords counsel is like honey to the taste, harmony to the ear, health to the body, happiness to the soul and hope to the heart.
Second, to ensure that our conquering Christ is central during our Christmas celebration, we need to:
Remember His personal
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, hidden in Egypt, raised in Nazareth, baptized in the Jordan and tempted in the wilderness. He performed miracles on the roadside, healed multitudes without medicine and charged nothing for His services. Then, He took our sins to Calvary and died for the world. He was buried in Josephs new tomb and on schedule rose out of the grave.
Jesus Christ stands for free healing and full salvation. Today social scientists are able to put a new suit on man, but only Christ can put a new man in a suit. Jesus precedes all others in their priority, exceeds all others in their superiority and succeeds all others in their finality.
Third, in order to ensure that our conquering Christ is central to our Christmas celebration, we need to:
Respect His paternal
Last, in order to ensure that our conquering Christ is central to our Christmas celebration, we need to:
Recognize His priestly
The first time Jesus came He rode a donkey; next time, He will ride a white horse. The first time He stood before Pilate; next time, Pilate will stand before Him. At first, Jesus was rejected; at the last, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. At His first advent He wore a crown of thorns; at His second, He will wear the diadems of glory. When Jesus Christ comes, He will make walking on water look like childs play as He steps out of eternity into time and walks on clouds. A rainbow of victory will be wrapped around His shoulders. At that moment, the laws of gravity, time and space will simultaneously collapse, and His disciples will instantly be standing on the shores of heaven.
Will you let Christ be the center of this Christmas season or will you have a Christless Christmas? The choice is yours.
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