I was listening to the radio on Christmas morning. The commentator was reporting on the Christmas messages from Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of New York and Baltimore, and other religious leaders. Their words was pretty much identical saying that the central message of Christmas was the need for peace and good will among men, and the rejection of hatred and violence. Admittedly, I did not hear the total of any of these messages, and I don’t mean to detract from the need for peace and good will among men. But No, No, No that is not the central message of Christmas. Christmas is the birth of Emmanuel, God with us. Almighty God sent His only begotten Son into this broken world to redeem mankind, and provide the way to life. It was only the Queen of England who spoke rightly in quoting from John 1:5, “the light shines in the darkness but the darkness did not comprehend it.” Almighty God came into this world in the person of Jesus Christ. Peace and good will will only happen as each heart is willing to yield, and bow before before the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”(Matthew 15:19) And it is only Jesus who can change the heart. The central message of Christmas is that our gracious God sent His only begotten Son to do just that for us.
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