Every year, what comes to our mind when Christmas is around the corner? Christmas presents, parties, shopping, traveling or just in time for reflection before we enter into the new year? It should really be about the birth of Christ. We should also present hope, love and faith to the world. We should remind ourselves what’s important to God as we take time to prepare for Christmas. How about remembering what God wants for Christmas besides thinking about what Christmas is to us? God is more concerned about the individuals that need to be saved.
I would like to encourage us to remember the character of God in the area of faithfulness. This is one important aspect of the character of God that we should anchor our faith in especially during times like these. We should also give thanks for all that He has done for us!
Matthew 1:1,18,23-25 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:……Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit… .. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
Go and proclaim the good news!
Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The best gift that we can give anyone at Christmas is to introduce them to Immanuel, God with us and establish the relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe this is how the Lord Jesus would want us to celebrate Christmas. It is a proclamation that Jesus was born for this purpose which is to save the lost.
We have Christmas banquets organized prior to church members leaving for their home countries to celebrate Christmas or going on holidays when the international schools close for winter. During these banquets, many people have accepted their salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is wonderful to remember how God honored the Abrahamic covenant through the genealogy of Jesus Christ during the period of Advent. It is comforting to know that Immanuel, God is with us. We are to also remember to share the Gospel with our relatives, friends and colleagues because this is the very purpose that Jesus came.
Sermon Series: Christmas
马太福音1:1,18,23-25亚伯拉罕的后裔，大卫的子孙，耶稣基督的家谱 … 18耶稣基督降生的事记在下面：他母亲马利亚已经许配了约瑟，还没有迎娶，马利亚就从圣灵怀了孕 … 23说：“必有童女怀孕生子，人要称他的名为以马内利。”（以马内利翻出来就是“神与我们同在”。）24约瑟醒了，起来，就遵着主使者的吩咐，把妻子娶过来25只是没有和她同房，等她生了儿子（注：有古卷作“等她生了头胎的儿子”），就给他起名叫耶稣。
在这将临节期间回顾上帝如何通过耶稣基督的家谱来尊荣亚伯拉罕的立约，这真是太美好了。 知道以马内利，上帝与我们同在，着实令人欣慰。 我们也要记得与我们的亲戚，朋友和同事分享福音，因为耶稣正是为此而降世的。