2014 Christmas Message – Living the Story

Do you feel like your Christian way of life is threatened? Do you believe that Christmas is under attack? Do you think it’s time to put Christ back into Christmas?

How many times have you heard the Christmas story and how the angels told the shepherds, “be not afraid”? Don’t you know that you are part of the Christmas story? So I ask you, what are you afraid of? What is it that you fear in this world that will take our beloved Savior from you?

Christmas Message 2014

Living the Story

The Christmas story is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. And as Christians, we are each members of the body of Christ. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, then YOU are now a member of that body. So the Christmas story is our story! It’s not just ancient history. It’s not just some fairytale. It’s a story of God’s grace and mercy and today all of us as Christians are living that story in our own lives.

We live the Christmas story when we honor God with our behavior. Jesus was once asked what was the greatest commandment and this was His answer:

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

When we love, when we obey these two most important commandments, we then become active characters in the Christmas story. There is as much of a connection between us and Jesus, that very same Jesus who laid in the manger and died on the cross, as there is between Jesus and Kind David, or Jesus and Abraham:

Matthew 3:9
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

You are a child of the light. You are an heir to the throne. And yet, you concern yourself with an attack on Christmas?

Be Not Afraid

The Christmas story continues! It is far from being over. So I will say to you what the angels said to the shepherds:

“Be not afraid!”

Really, what are you afraid of anyway? Why do you behave as if Christmas is under attack? No one can ever take Christmas away from you. God gave His only beloved Son…GAVE…past tense! It’s a done deal. Game over. Who can take that away from you?

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

No, Christmas is not under attack. The whole “attack on Christmas” bit is a sociopolitical thing, not a spiritual thing…not a Christian thing…not a biblical thing.

So be not afraid when the politicos cry “attack on Christmas, attack on Christmas.” The enemy is powerless. He was already defeated when Christ died on the cross (Heb 2:14-15). So do not be distracted from obeying the commandment to love.

It’s Just Politics

The only power the enemy has is the power you give him. And one of the ways you give him that power is through fear. That’s why politics is such a bad thing for Christians. People will deny it, but you cannot be politically active and “love your neighbor as yourself.” When you allow yourself to be motivated by fear, you stop loving. And fear is the currency of politics.

1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Ask yourself – “Why didn’t Jesus seize the throne?”

Here’s another way to look at it. Ask yourself, “why didn’t Jesus wrest political power from the world when he had the chance?” If God really wants us to meddle in politics, then why didn’t Jesus Christ take his rightful place as “king” of the Jews, removing Herod from  that throne?

I’ll tell you why… because Christ Jesus knows the impotence of earthly political power.

Who was more powerful, Herod or Jesus Christ?

Easy answer, right? Jesus did not need to sit on a meager, earthly throne when He knew He already had a mighty throne in Heaven. What politician has any power against the Lord of Lords and King of Kings?

How is it any different now? If Jesus did not come to take political power, where does it say in the Bible that this is what we are supposed to do? On the contrary, we are told not to mingle in politics (but that is a subject for a later post).

Live the Christmas Story

So I encourage you to focus on loving people this Christmas season and forget about the politics. Do not become distracted by those who would have you “take a stand” for their political agenda. No one is taking your Christmas away from you unless you let them.

So live the story!

Bless people.

Bless as many people as you can bless!

Do as our Lord and Savior commanded and love those who hate you.

Share the grace God has blessed you with and watch to see exactly what kind of Christmas you will have this year! Something tells me it will be a lot better Christmas than anything some politician might secure on your behalf.

Merry Christmas everyone!

With love from the Lewis family in Houston Texas.

Previous Years’ Christmas Messages:

 Related Scriptures:

I had originally written another half a dozen pages, editing this message down to the few pages you see here. But I didn’t want to leave these scriptures out of the message. So here are a few related scriptures that didn’t make the cut…but still play an important part in the overall message.

Ephesians 6:12
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Psalm 146:3-5
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Matthew 20:25-28
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

1 Samuel 8:4-22
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

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