Can we safely ignore Jesus? Is He just an ancient figure whose existence many people try to deny. Are His teachings just the ramblings of an ancient “saint” in the early church or are they much more challenging than that? During this Christmas period it would be good to catch up on some reading about Him to see if He can be safely ignored and whether His teaching can be consigned to the rubbish heap as some would certainly like to do.
For example when Jesus was asked about divorce He went back to the origin of marriage as recorded in Genesis chapters 1-3. This is what He taught, Mat 19:4 “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Some folk today go into conniptions about His language. They have difficulties believing that there is a Creator to this universe. Especially when they read that the Creator was a “he” and that He made humans to be male and female. Didn’t He realise that gender and sexuality are flexible [though adherents vary in their interpretation] and that people can identify as whatever sex or gender they choose to be, for any particular moment. They believe that the “best” universities are teaching gender fluidity these days, so of course His words have to be ignored. Jesus also talked about mothers and fathers and wives using male and female terms. Boy, how old hat is that! In their opinion!
But what if He did exist? What if He was what He claimed to be? What if His teaching was from God, as He claimed, “Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” Jn 14:24. What a travesty that would be! In rejecting the words of Jesus, people would be rejecting the words of God Himself. Could it be that some so-called ‘progressives” have in fact “progressed” out of the real world of God’s making into a make-believe world of their own making?
That’s why it is good to reflect on the person of Jesus at Christmas. After all, the word “Christmas” means the celebration of the birth of Christ. His birth has been celebrated for about 2000 years, so He has had considerable regard from generations of humans over all those years. Why reject Him now?
In what follows I have compiled a list of the subjects I have previously posted about the Christ of Christmas. They attempt to show that not only was Jesus born into this world as a baby about 2000 years ago, but He is actually the Creator of the universe, the Saviour of the world, the Lord and Master of this universe and ultimately He will be the judge of every human ever born. That is significant! To say the least!
To read the articles, all one has to do is to is to click on the numbers below [from 100 to 105] to be taken to the relevant topic.
So here is my Christmas gift to you. A little reading. About Christmas. About the Christ of Christmas. And it does involve you, as you will see.
Have a very blessed and Happy Christmas
Blessings in His name.
Jim and Carole Holbeck
No.100. Who is the Jesus Christ of Christmas? (An Overview). 2012/12/12
No.101. Who is the Jesus Christ of Christmas? Part 1 of 4. Jesus the CREATOR. 2012/12/12
No.102. Who is the Jesus Christ of Christmas? Part 2 of 4. Jesus THE SAVIOUR. 2012/12/16
No.103.Who is the Jesus Christ of Christmas? Part 3 of 4. Jesus is THE LORD. 2012/12/17
No.104. Who is the Jesus Christ of Christmas? Part 4 of 4. Jesus the JUDGE. 2012/12/18
No.105. The Challenge of the Christ of Christmas. Galatians 4:4-5. 2012/12/31
Blog No.249. Posted on jimholbeck.blog on Thursday 23rd November 2017