A Very Dangerous Baby

There is no reason to celebrate Christmas.

No biblical reason, that is. No mandate. We are commanded by Christ to remember His death, but not His birth. Even so, this can be a spiritually significant time of year for someone searching for truth.

The significance of Christmas is that it produces love for the Saviour rather than slavery to a system; confident service rather than fearful compliance; devotion to others rather than absorption with self; grateful contentment rather than futile accumulation; assurance of glory rather than fear of death; anticipation of reward rather than dread of judgment.

Reckoning with the Christ of Christmas is a dangerous business.

Reckoning with the Christ of Christmas is a dangerous business. He will challenge the assumptions of your mind and the authority of your teachers. He will shatter your worldview and alter your very purpose for living. He will expose the futility of this world and give you the assurance of eternal life. He will redefine love and cast out fear. He will become your benchmark of truth and smash all that contradicts it. He will eradicate loneliness and become your constant Friend.

Dispel from your thinking the commercial image of the Christ of Christmas as a cuddly infant. He is the Creator God who spoke the universe into being by the word of His mouth; the coming Judge who will punish sin and condemn sinners; the selfless Saviour who gave His own sinless life in exchange for the lives of the vilest offenders; the conquering King who extends mercy to His worst enemies.

Do not take lightly this coming of God to earth. It is the watershed event of human history. Do not be misled: one day you will stand before the Christ of Christmas and give account for yourself. Your eternal destiny will pivot not on the goodness of your deeds or the cheeriness of your disposition; but, rather, on whether you trusted in Him or in whatever you are trusting now. His standard for judgment will be absolute holiness—something that, despite your devotion to religious practices or human needs or noble causes you cannot provide for yourself. Only He can impute it by His grace; and you can receive it only by faith in Him, by depending only upon His work on your behalf—the work that began in a borrowed manger, was completed on a Roman cross, and culminated in an empty tomb.


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