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I know I shouldn’t be amazed, but I still am when more and more
people fight against any display of Christian symbols at Christmas
time. America is truly changing fast. The world is definitely in a
post-Christian era. But even here in America a near majority of people
have not only rejected Christianity but are attempting to remove even
the memory of the Christian origins of the country.
A case in point is Richard Ganulin of Ohio. He is attempting to
out-do Scrooge. He has sued Christmas. He wants all religious symbols
of Christmas to be legally barred from public display or mention.
In the light of the many signs of America’s moral degeneration, let’s
reflect on what really happened on that day we commemorate at Christmas
The Bible Prophet Isaiah predicted what was going to take place on
Christmas 750 years before it happened. He wrote:
- For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and
the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called
Wonderful Counselor, God Almighty, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on
the throne of David and his kingdom. …
These are familiar words to many of us, for they are part of the
lyrics of Handel’s “Messiah.” But how many of us truly weigh what is
said here? Isaiah clearly predicts that a special son would be born to
Israel. He would be a blood descendant of David and inherit his
throne. And among the glorious names he would be called (in Hebrew) is
El Gabor, which literally means GOD ALMIGHTY. Now remember, this
is the son who would be born as a human being in David’s line, and yet
he would be called God Almighty and the Father of Eternity.
Isaiah from ancient times has been recognized as a true prophet of
God who spoke by the Spirit of God. This is the only reason his
writings, which castigated the contemporary kings, survived. They would
not dare destroy what they knew was a revelation from God. And yet here
is the amazing thing — Isaiah calls this greater son of David, who
therefore has to be the Messiah, by names that can only be applied to
There is no escaping it. Isaiah predicted that some kind of miracle
would take place at the birth of the Messiah in which God would be
joined to a true human being.
John Ben-Zebedee, who wrote the Gospel of John, recognized this
miracle in the introduction to his divinely inspired account of Jesus
the Messiah. I am going to translate these verses from the original
Greek, bringing out the full impact of the original verbs, as a Greek
would understand them:
In the beginning there always existed the WORD,
And the WORD was always face to face with God,
And the WORD, as to his being, always was God.
He always was in beginning face to face with God.
All things came into being by him,
And apart from him nothing came into being that has come into being.
And the WORD became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his
Glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
Full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 2, 3, 14).
So what is Christmas about? Friend, it is when the eternal Creator
stepped out of eternity into time and miraculously joined himself to a
true human nature — the man, Jesus of Nazareth. It is the greatest
love story that this reporter can ever tell. God so loved us that he
sent his son to take our sins upon himself and die in our place. In so
doing, he purchased a pardon for you and for me and for the whole
world. All we have to do is come to him and admit we are sinners and
receive the pardon. When we do this we are instantly given the greatest
gift ever offered, forgiveness and eternal life.
The true meaning of Christmas is best summed up in this simple poem,
- He came to die on a cross of wood,
Yet made the hill on which it stood.