Bible Ballistics: BBs #770 Christmas Ponderings!!! #5
Christmas! I love this season of lights, joy, smiles, tots, and toys, but most of all I love what it means—and that’s not about any of the frills and bells, but the celebration of the arrival of a Savior, a Redeemer, a Deliverer, A KING! But mostly I rejoice that HE came to DIE for you and me, if we will but trust to HIS substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for SIN; and contrary to popular opinion, SIN IS the issue, and it is why Jesus came to BE the payment for sin.
“And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people
from their sins.
22 Now all this was done,
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken
of the Lord
by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name
which being interpreted is,
God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
God came down to deliver us! It doesn’t get any better than that; if you will but receive this amazing gift of love, salvation and deliverance given to all who will believe. The King stooped down in love to deliver us from our sin, that we could be HIS children, not just HIS creation—and yes, there is a difference.
“For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God
is eternal life
through Jesus Christ
our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Have you received the gift from the KING? You can truly come to this KING for life, “abundant life”! How? By being “born again”, “born…of God” by grace through faith!
“He was in the world,
and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.”
(All because HE came as a babe, to die for you and me!)
“14 And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.” John 1:10-14
This King who came for us—let’s celebrate HIM– for as He told Pilate, as HE faced the cross, it’s why HE was born!
“Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again,
and called Jesus,
and said unto him,
Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered him,
Sayest thou this thing of thyself,
or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered,
Am I a Jew?
Thine own nation and the chief priests
have delivered thee
what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered,
My kingdom is not of this world:
if my kingdom were of this world,
then would my servants fight,
that I should not be delivered
to the Jews:
but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37 Pilate therefore said unto him,
Art thou a king then?
Thou sayest that I am a king.
To this end was I born,
and for this cause came I into the world,
that I should bear witness
unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth
heareth my voice.” John 18:33-37
What is truth?
“For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
WHO IS TRUTH? The BABE born to be KING, that’s WHO!
“I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6