"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." (Matthew 5:17-18 NIV)
His time on earth the use and facts of Scripture were the basis of
Jesus' ministry. Whatever He did or said lined up with the word of God.
It did not matter what situation He found Himself to be in, where it
was, before thousands of people, His encounter with the devil, or
speaking to His disciples the facts of Scripture were His foundation.
Likewise as Christmas approaches I want the facts of Scripture to be
my foundation for the celebration. So often I have discovered during
this festive season that I can easily be enticed into becoming so
wrapped up in the feelings and modern day glitz of Christmas that the
party becomes more important than the person whose birthday we are
"So Joseph also went up from the town of
Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David…and while
they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave
birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and
placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
(Luke 2:4a,6,7 NIV)
Before I read this scriptural passage in its
entirety during our annual Carol Service, I had prayed that I would be
able to read it with meaning that hearts would be touched. And God heard
my prayer and answered. For as I stood and read these facts concerning
the birth of Jesus, I was so moved by the love of God through the giving
to mankind the gift of His Son, and the humble circumstances of His
birth, that I was unable to read the last verse without tears.
Jesus, the very Son of God, chose to come to earth to be the Saviour of
mankind. And He chose to come as a poor and lowly child, not as the King
He is, that He might experience life as a human being with all its
temptations and trials, joys and laughter that He might identify with us
and us with Him. How marvelous, how wonderful is such a fact. And this
is the One, whose birthday we are meant to celebrate at Christmas.
So this Christmas season may we all be praying that our eyes and our
hearts might be focused, not upon the festivities, the party, but first
and foremost on the facts of Scripture which points us to the Truth of
God: Jesus, Immanuel, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace, the Word, Himself.
Prayer: Father God,
thank You for this wonderful celebration of Christmas. A time to
celebrate the facts of Scripture that outline the truth concerning the
Saviour of mankind: Jesus, Mighty God, the Word, Himself. May our focus
be upon Him, the reason for the celebration. In Christ's name we pray.