Dec 252013
 

snow4Please note that the following Christmas message was taken from this author’s “The Christian Message” website.  Also this author apologizes for not having been able to format this posting,  properly.  After umpteen times of attempting to separate the paragraph blocks, he has given up. He trusts that the reader can overlook that and appreciate the content.

Why The 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.

snow6The 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.
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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:
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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.”
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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 this author’s prayer that those of you who visit this site and read and hear this message, would come by faith to know and experience God’s saving Grace [Hebrews 11:6 ; Titus 2:11-14] – the one and only Triune God, who manifested Himself in the Savior person of, Jesus Christ.
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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 The Christian Message 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]:

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

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

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

John 3: 1-21 — The Gospel Message

Also:

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

Please also note: The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
The above topical sermon message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan M. Bickel

  13 Responses to “The true message of Christmas: Why The Christ became a man”

  1. Reblogged this on BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN ! and commented:
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  2. Christ was Born to Die..

    John 18:37 “Pilate said unto him, Are You a king then?
    Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.

    Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.”

    • captdax –

      Amen! And, Jesus Christ did not remain an infant as many ignorant and infantile Christians sometimes sentimentally regard Him to be. Christ came to fulfill His Heavenly Father’s bidding and will. Indeed, He came to bear witness to the Truth, as He is “the way, the truth and the life!” [Gospel of John 14:6]

  3. “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.”

    Astonishing good news, especially to those who feel inextricably entrapped by the devil, forever programmed in wicked ways.

    This sacred season, let us fervently pray for the tortured soul of “BHO II”. Jesus Christ alone can save him, and will save him, if only he would open his heart.

    • Martha –

      Yes. Thank you for reminding Moralmatters readers and myself to pray for aka Obama. He, also has a priceless soul. All the fame , influence and money he (temporarily) possesses, will not stand him in good and redemptive stead when he draws his last breath. He will have to face Almighty God whom he will not be able to either bribe or sway.

      Certainly, the holy Triune God cannot overlook aka Obama’s commission and omission sins against Him and this world’s fellowman. Certainly our just Savior King cannot overlook the lifestyle lies that catapulted aka Obama into the White House – first and foremost, his ID fraud.

      And, you are correct Martha – “if only he would open his heart.” Yes. Aka Obama needs to repent. Certainly he is not happy as the following vacation picture portrays. And, I don’t think that his (obvious) unhappiness is because he may have played some bad golf. He knows that his crimes are now becoming pushed to the public forefront, and that he will have to finally be held responsible and accountable.

      Pic of miserable aka Obama:

      http://news.yahoo.com/photos/u-president-obama-plays-18th-green-during-round-photo-010052375.html

      May this Christmas and New Year’s holiday season find a place in God’s children’s hearts to sincerely pray for aka Obama’s present tortured soul! May God grant even aka Obama, the grace of repentance:

      The Grace of Repentance

      http://www.thechristianmessage.org/2012/07/grace-of-repentance.html

  4. This is a beautiful and profound story of Christmas because it’s His – story. Perhaps its not the best place to ask my question then but in reading other comments, I just feel that stirring again.

    I am a lifelong Christian and very committed to the Lord as much as possible in my life but I have to confess that I have such a problem praying for Obama. Never before have I faced this and I know the scriptural admonition to pray for all in authority, kings, leaders, etc; but that does not help me here. I just feel that it is like praying for the devil and I can’t do that.

    Or, perhaps if he is the anti Christ. Would God want us to pray for that? If anyone can give me advice on this I will be happy to listen. I am very unclear and unsure of what to do.

    • Bree –

      I’m happy that you’ve asked. It’s late now, so I feel I can’t give my best (at the present hour) to adequately respond. I intend later on today, to respond.

      And, there are other readers who may like to respond as well……..

    • Bree –

      I am aware of your Christian profession as you have commented on Moralmatters before. You are a vibrant independent thinker and your conclusions are reasonable and sound.

      You have “hit upon” one of the many “complexities” of living the Christian Faith as Christ’s disciple. As Christ’s disciples, we are called mirror our Creator / Savior Triune God. Thus, we loathe evil. Wickedness is naturally (then) repugnant to us. Those of us who are honest and informed are very aware of aka Obama’s wickedness and that of his criminally enabling comrade band. Hence, it is quite natural for us to think and express ourselves in the fashion of Psalm 139:19-22:

      “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.” – Psalm 139:19-22 – KJV

      On the other hand, God’s heavenly children are reminded of Christ’s teaching to:

      “…..Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you….” – Gospel of Matthew 5:44 – Also: Luke 6:28.

      Furthermore, we also know that the divine revelation of the Scriptures teaches the reality of “Imprecatory Prayer.” That, (briefly “boiled down”) is prayer requesting the just and Almighty God to commence His sentence and punishment, sooner than later upon the wicked enemies of Christ’s people. It is proper to pray to the Lord to strike down those wicked (Islamic terrorist) enemies of Egyptian Coptic Christians who pillage, burn and murder our fellow Christian brethren.

      Finally, in order to help understand the aforementioned, it is always good to keep in mind the “principle of ‘paradox'” when wrestling with the issue you have presented. Please refer to this author’s Moralmatters.org other website – “The Christian Message” for an understanding of “paradox” as it relates to reconciling various seemingly contradictory Scriptures. Please access the following informational link and scroll down the page as the various words are in alphabetical order:

      Definitions page – Various words used in “The Christian Message” website

      http://www.thechristianmessage.org/2012/03/definitions-page.html

      Bree – Many years ago in the 70’s I was privileged to hear and personally meet with the Rev. Richard Wurmbrand. When I think of Richard Wurmbrand, I am reminded of the Scripture in the New Testament book of Hebrews which says: “Remember your leaders; those who spoke the Word of God; consider the outcome of their life and imitate their faith. – RSV

      I’d highly recommend for you and those Moralmatters readers of this posting and comment section to secure the free book of Richard Wurmbrand (called) “Tortured for Christ.” In that book you will read how he was able to fulfill the words of Christ to “…..Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you….” – Gospel of Matthew 5:44 – Also: Luke 6:28.

      Oh yes – for a sobering “treat” for all (and me); I’ve linked a couple of youtube videos for all, – to ponder and to mull (over):

      Tortured for Christ


      Also:

      Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen interviews Pastor Richard Wurmbrand


  5. Thank you so much Nathan for all your help here and I have gone to the Christian message also to read the meaning of words there. I do have the understanding of Imprecatory Prayer now as well.

    Psalm 139 just speaks to me so I am meditating on that. I believe God will have to help me pray prayers for Obama. Although I sincerely do believe in the power of prayer, I know they must be prayers in faith believing or otherwise it is just “saying” prayers. Empty.

    I know I can learn much from those who have been tortured for Christ. May God bless you and keep you by His grace as we go into a new year 2014.

    • Bree –

      Thank you. And, may God bless you this new year of 2014!

      I thought of another aspect vis-a-vis your comment. That whole aspect is the Romans 13 Scripture. That’s the one Scripture which most Christian pastors have royally screwed up. Pastors lead whole Christian congregations astray telling their flocks that they must be compliant to whichever government is in place. They misinterpret the whole intended meaning of this important Biblical passage. When it says, “Let every soul be subject to the higher power,” they only think of themselves being subject to government; but, not government leaders being subject to natural law and to Creator / King Jesus!

      I can’t help but think that things could have turned out differently in Nazi Germany if Christian pastors would not have given their allegiance to the Hitler dictator.

      In short, many Christians have not learned that we have a Constitutional Republic. It is the duty of citizens to participate and speak out against corrupted leadership! Dissent is built into this country’s founding framework. First Amendment rights require vast differences of opinion to be honored, not subjected to NSA surveillance and subsequent IRS government harassment. Although it is our Christian responsibility to “pray for all people,” it also is our responsibility to live according to the founding historical documents and call out those who would subvert this nation’s Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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