Ephesians 5:17:21 wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is, and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Acts 1:10-11 and while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel: which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up form you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven..
We make a general exhortation on Christmas Day that Jesus was born into the world. What this mean is we have a day that we involve him in a day that is applicable to our timing that affects him as a whole to be celebrated. Jesus however was born in the harvest of the year which would put him to be born sometime earlier then December 25. It was a day the majority of leaders at that time appointed chose. The date dealt with or was of concern with universal rather than the actual birth date of Jesus. This date had no particular superior holding or rank in the hearts of the men that sat the date. If Jesus was to celebrate a birthdate it would be every day. Jesus wants to be born in the hearts of men every day of the year, year after year, century after century, and generation after generation. He wants righteousness to be birth hour after hour, minute after minute, and second after second in the hearts and minds of man. Jesus celebrated is when man choose to obey rather than sacrifice. Jesus celebrated is when He is exhorted through the strongly urged desire of man to entreat obedience to God, His Word, and His Spirit.
Jesus isnít interested in his birthday as we celebrate. We celebrate him naturally long after his actual birth but are we really celebrating him. Jesus donít call for much from us; just that we would come in harmony with the law and judgments of God. If we will give him a gift it would be to accept Him. He is the greatest gift ever given to man from the gift giver himself; God. He is lawful, come from heaven, born of the seed of a woman yet fought the flesh to stay in conformity to the Word and Will of God. Jesus was the Word come down from heaven and because he was in flesh battled with the flesh. Itís time we to go into litigation with the Devil and sue him for his nonreligious use of Godís Holy Word, using the principle or rule of behavior of God against His Created beings, and trying to deceive us with procedures commonly accepted as a valid guild that takes us away from God. Satan has broken the Law of God so Jesus had to come. Now he has tried to make Jesus coming of none effect. He fights to make Jesus coming just another day.
Listen, give respectful attention to, hear and give heed to God and what He has done for us. Jesus is the Jewish religious teacher whose life, death, and resurrection as reported by the Evangelists are the basis of the Christian message of salvation. Jesus is the highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea rebuking and destroying error and bringing to light menís immortality. He is not just a mere man but a savior. He is our forensic technician, he dissects our lives and determine if we are alive or not in Him. We canít just choose him one day and lay him down the next day. Jesus is not celebrated when we eat, drink, and open presents on this day. He wants us to open Godís Word every day and eat of the Words of life, He wants us to satisfy our thirst by drinking all of what is written therein. The present given through his life is eternal life. We celebrate Jesus birthday but we donít do it in love. We need to fall in love with Jesus to really appreciate his coming, living, and dying.
Jesus is the source of our knowledge concerning God, His Word, and His Spirit. Jesus lived a short life on earth but it was filled with life, light, living, and leading. He had a busy ministry. He celebrated his own birth in a way that His Father was glorified as we were created to do. Jesus is to be celebrated every day we live; for He is the Word of God lived. Jesus has the task of getting us ready for Heaven. His birth meant we can come back to God unblemished, unspotted, and pure.
Do we really know who Jesus is? Do we really understand what he stood for? Do we really want Him in the beauty of holiness? We celebrate a birthday of a man but do we celebrate the man himself? He is our advocate between heaven and earth, the almighty, alpha and omega, the angel of Godís presence, the prince of peace, the anointed above his fellows, anointed with the Holy Ghost, Apostle, the arm of the Lord, author and finisher of our faith, and the author of salvation. Jesus is more than a babe born in a manger; he is the beginning and the end. He was the Word spoken and the Word that will be spoken. He was in the beginning of the Creation with God. He is the begotten, beloved, and blessed and only potentate. He is the branch of righteousness, bread from heaven, bread of life, the bridegroom that will come back for his people, the bright and morning star. Jesus is the Christ child, chief shepherd chosen of god and called the Christ. He is our Lord and Savior, the wisdom and power of God, the blessed son given to men that we may live in the Spirit again. Jesus is somebody; He is a deliverer that holds eternal life in his hands. He is our hope of glory, horn of salvation, holy, harmless, and undefiled, the high priest, heir of all things of the world, the head of every man, head of every church and over all things. Jesus will be whatever we allow Him to be in our lives; but He must be celebrated every day in love.
We celebrate Jesus in love because He is that precious corner stone, a physician that heals us, he is the power of God that gives us the victory because He is the only wise God our Savior. He is our peace, our righteousness, and minister of salvation forever. Jesus is merciful and faithful, a messenger of the covenant of God, the Messiah, the Lord strong and mighty and he is our Redeemer. He is the lion of the tribe of Judah, the lily of the valley, a light in darkness, the lamb of God, king of kings, our lawgiver, leader and commander, the mighty God although a man of sorrows, a righteous man, judge and branch, a rock, a rock of offense, the rose of Sharon, ruler of the kings of the earth, our sanctification and salvation and a servant. Jesus is the ransom for all and he is our resurrection and life. He ransomed us, redeemed us, and restored us to the Father what more can he do? For this reason we should love Him, not just celebrate his birthdate.
It is Jesus that is all that; not man. Man could not do what Jesus has done, thatís why Jesus came. We are the people of God and we so foolishly cut the vine that carries truth, the true light, the spiritual drink that keeps us from thirsting after sin, the spiritual meat that keeps us nourished and filled with all righteousness, that spiritual rock that keeps us holding on to God when all else looks like it might fail. He is that tried stone, a well of living water, the wisdom of God, the only true witness of the Father that brings us to the way of heaven on earth while we live and he is worthy to receive power. It is because Jesus came, died, and was resurrected that we have a right to the tree of life.
The second coming of Christ is certain and it wonít be with a natural birthdate because the time of the second coming is unknown; we just have to be ready. The resurrection of all the dead will take place at that day. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one form another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; that they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation. Jesus is real and will return again to be loved and celebrated by those that has done so before this day.
With Jesus coming a second time comes with him judgment. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another as a shepherd divedes his sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. And to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from thy presence of the Lord, and from the flory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day.
Jesus is coming to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Behold he comes quickly and his reward is with him to give to every man according as their works shall be. The glorification of those approved in the judgment will also be with Jesus when he returns. Our conversation is in heaven from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ that will change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. When Christ who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with him in glory. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day we shall see him descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The destruction of the world is imminent, the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the day of the coming of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come; who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts. But also be confident that he which began a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.