Elder's Encouragement

December - 2018

John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  ESV 

I have to admit, Christmas as we celebrate it in the current times is not my favorite time of year. It seems just to be a time for merchants to make some money. But I will be at the Christmas Eve service at FCC, because there we will celebrate the real Christmas.  Neither was it the favorite time of year for others like C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Charles Spurgeon, and A.W. Tozer. And since Tozer is one of my favorite authors, I picked this devotion of his to help us find a personal meaning of Christmas. 

“Determining the Personal Meaning of Christmas”

“While faith contains an element of reason, it is essentially moral rather than intellectual. In the New Testament unbelief is a sin, and this could not be so if belief were no more than a verdict based upon evidence. There is nothing unreasonable about the Christian message, but its appeal is not primarily to reason. At a specific time in a certain place God became flesh, but the transcendence of Christ over the human conscience is not historic; it is intimate, direct and personal.

Christ's coming to Bethlehem's manger was in harmony with the primary fact of His secret presence in the world in preincarnate times as the Light that lights every man. The sum of the New Testament teaching about this is that Christ's claims are self-validating and will be rejected only by those who love evil. Whenever Christ is preached in the power of the Spirit, a judgment seat is erected and each hearer stands to be judged by his response to the message. His moral responsibility is not to a lesson in religious history but to the divine Person who now confronts him.

"Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight." But Christmas either means more than is popularly supposed or it means nothing. We had better decide.”

So, as Jason preaches John 1:14 “in the power of the Spirit” the next few weeks let us decide before “the judgment seat” what we really believe about Christmas. Our eternity depends on it.

Jack Meehan

Elder

Theresa PeckComment