This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable. And after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids. She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year.
Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed she couldn’t take it anymore and stated, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up, and shot.”
From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, “Don’t worry we already crucified him.” For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
Christmas is about the Lord Jesus Christ and His coming to earth to die for our sins! But what if Jesus Christ had not come? Allow Dr. Don Sisk to give us twelve terrible outcomes if Christ had not come:
1. We would not have Christmas—no celebration of the Saviour and cherished time with family.
2. We would have never heard of the Christians who have influenced the world. Paul would have remained a cruel Pharisee. Peter, James, and John would have died as simple fisherman. Mary would have been the wife of a carpenter, but nothing more. Thousands of pastors, including your own, would be unknown to most, and their ministry of blessing and comfort to thousands unfulfilled.
3. There would be no churches. Can you imagine a city—the whole world—without a single church for fellowship, restoration, and worship?
4. There would be no New Testament. The Scriptures would be promises unfulfilled, the mystery of the church unrevealed, and the joy of the New Covenant unknown.
5. Your sins would not be forgiven. The weight of sin would be an endless burden and a death sentence.
6. There would be no Christian writings to comfort us—neither song nor poem about the blessings of Christ would calm our fears in storms of trials.
7. There would be no Gospel—no good news—to share with the world. What is good in a message of works and condemnation?
8. Without a Gospel, there would be no missions programs. No missionaries would bring the Good News and transform lives around globe.
9. There would be no hope of the Resurrection. Death would only hold fear and torment instead of rest.
10. Most of the institutions of higher learning would not exist. Princeton, Harvard, and so many other universities were founded to educate preachers of the Gospel.
11. Most hospitals would not exist. The people and institutions would not be touched by the compassion of Christ which provokes them to help others.
12. There would be no YMCA, Red Cross, orphanages, or thousands of other organizations who exist simply to assist those with no one to help them. There would be no one to care for the widows and fatherless.Would anyone wish to live in a world without Christ?
The change Christ made in and through the lives of believers everywhere is incalculable. Thank God that Christ did come, He died yet still lives, and one day, He is coming again.
For these twelve reasons and so many more, thank God for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the true meaning of Christmas!
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