Whether you're following commentaries by
prophecy scholars on the nearness of the rapture or predictions
by financial experts on the nearness of our economic downfall,
the message is the same. This
could very well be the last time we celebrate Christmas as we've
come to know it.
And that's a good thing.
Because for many, Christmas has become little more than
an annual exercise
in spending money we don't have to buy things they don't need
for the people on our list, some of whom we don't even like.
Add to that the sad fact that this year millions of
American families are doing this from homes they no longer own
and you can see the level to which the world has sunk.
For believers it should be a different story,
although most of us are totally unaware of the indescribable
events looming on our horizon.
These events should be energizing the body of Christ and
causing a massive reorientation of our priorities and yet
current polls indicate that over 90% of us are still focused on
the secular world and the fading illusion of happiness it
offers, rather than the incredible promises the Bible describes.
Maybe that's because what little we've been
taught about the Lord's promise to the Church is such a watered
down version of the truth.
Therefore much of what the Bible says about Christian
life here on Earth has simply not come true for most.
And as for its promises for the future, well they're
hardly even mentioned anymore.
What Did You Get For Christmas?
Since it appears that we'll still be here for
this Christmas, let's take a moment to review what the Lord
really promised us.
This won't be an exhaustive list but maybe it will help us
remember what Christmas is really about.
Think of it as as reminder of the gift He gave us for
First and foremost, He came to take away our
sins. Just for
believing that, we've been promised that the penalty of eternal
suffering we should have to pay has been canceled (Colossians
2:13-14) and replaced by eternal blessing in the presence of
God (John 3:16).
Because He suffered in our place, we've been
made forever perfect in God's sight (Hebrews 10:14) , as
righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:21). He came to set us free
The law of sin and death no longer has any claim on us (Romans
That alone should make us jump for joy, but
that's not all He did. He came to take away our worries too. He
promised that if we believe in Him, we'll be adopted into the
family of God (John 1:12) and made joint heirs with him
in His inheritance (Galatians 4:4-7).
If we'll just focus on seeking His Kingdom
and His righteousness, He'll provide for all our needs. We
should never worry about what we'll eat or drink or wear because
He promised our needs will always be met (Matt. 6:31-33).
But more than just meeting our survival
needs, He came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10).
He promised to make everything work together for our good
(Romans 8:28) and that nothing could ever separate us
from Him (Romans 8:38-39 and John 10:27-30).
Although He was rich He made Himself poor for
our sakes, so that through His poverty we could become rich (2
Cor. 8:9). But
He wasn't speaking only of spiritual wealth.
He promised that we could be made rich in every way so we
could be generous on every occasion (2 Cor. 9:11)
He came to give us hope in times of trouble (John
16:33) and told us to not be so concerned about this life
because it's only temporary.
It's the next life that's permanent and that's the one we
should always be thinking about (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
He promised to answer our prayers (John
forgive our sins (1 John 1:9) and heal our diseases (James
He promised that if we stay connected to Him
we'll bear much fruit (John 15:7-8) and will perform
miracles even greater than His.
He said the only limitation on the things we could do in
His name would be our faith in His promises (John 14:12).
But Wait, There's More!
All these things are just for this life. He
also came to give us a future that's beyond imagining (1 Cor
He promised to rescue us from the time and
place of the coming wrath (1 Thes. 1:10), to separate us
both by time and distance from the hour of trial that's
coming upon the whole world (Rev. 3:10).
To accomplish this, He promised to meet us in
the air (1 Thes. 4:16-17), to change us from mortal to
immortal (1 Cor. 15:52-53) and take us to His Father's
house (John14:2-3) where He'll hide us from
God's judgment of Earth (Isaiah 26:20-21).
He promised to make us into a royal
priesthood (1 peter 2:9), kings and priests who will rule
and reign with Him (Rev. 5:10), and to create an entire
planet of gold and precious gems exclusively for us.
We'll live with Him there as members of his royal family
We'll be seated beside Him in the heavenly
realms so by what He's done for us he could demonstrate the
incomparable riches of His grace in ages yet to come (Ephesians
other group of humanity ever has or ever will enjoy the
blessings He's lavished on the Church.
These and many more promises began to come
true from the moment of His birth.
It was such a momentous occasion that God dispatched a
heavenly choir to announce His arrival. Hundreds of Old
Testament prophecies were fulfilled to confirm the validity of
His promises. All this and more is ours to a greater degree of
certainty than anything else in our life. It's the the gift He
gave us at Christmas. Selah 12-24-10