Redeeming the Time … at Christmas


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The problem of CHRISTMAS

Christmas brings with it a host of problems,

not the least being

WHAT are we to do with it ? 

 

It is abundantly CLEAR that Christmas did not stem from what Our LORD taught. HE+ did not instruct us to do ANYTHING to proclaim His+ Wondrous Birth… even though the Heavenly Hosts proclaimed it !

 

No, rather, HE+ told us through the Apostle Paul to remember His+ Body broken for us and His+ Blood, shed for us. 

 

HE+ told us to PROCLAIM His+ Death until HE+ comes again !

For I have received of the LORD that which also I delivered unto you, that the LORD JESUS the same night in which HE+ was betrayed took bread:

 

And when HE+ had given thanks, HE+ brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My+ Body, which is broken for you:

this do in remembrance of ME+.

After the same manner also HE+ took the cup, when HE+ had supped, saying, This Cup is the New Covenant in My+ Blood:

this do ye,

as oft as ye drink IT+,

in remembrance of ME+.

For as often as ye eat This Bread, and drink This Cup, ye do PROCLAIM ( GK)  the LORD’S Death till HE+ come.

I Corinthians 11: 23-26 , Courtesy of BibleGateway

We know — for those who care to look — that Christmas was NOT celebrated by the Apostles, NOT proclaimed by the Brethren, and NOT listed as a feast of any sort in any of the books of the New Testament, to be kept by the Followers of JESUS.

 

However,

what are we to do with

the Problem of Christmas ?

… for it is HERE, and indeed a problem

for serious-minded Followers of JESUS. 

 

The problem presents itself like this: 

All worldlings “KNOW” ( i.e., think they know ) that Christmas is supposed to have something to do with the Birth of CHRIST.  Even inmates in a prison expressed confusion to a Christian Sister who wore a habit as she worked with them, upset and confused that she did not “keep” Christmas. 

Christmas was the sum total

of all they knew

about Christianity. 

[Realizing that it was better to maintain a consistent Christian witness with the little they “knew” about Christianity,  she quickly planned an appropriate activity to point them to CHRIST, in a Christmas setting. Inmates are  part of the hurting population.]

It is a season that brings PROBLEMS to a lot of persons … persons without any family or with such dysfunctional families that any family-oriented holiday becomes a time of dread.

 

Loneliness, sorrow from rejection or neglect, grief over loved ones who have passed away, depression over no money to spend for “Christmas” gifts and foods … all present HUGE PROBLEMS for both worldlings and sadly enough, for many Christians as well. 

So, WHAT are we FOLLOWERS OF JESUS to do ?

We cannot change the “traditions” of the culture that we all have experienced in our childhood. People are left immured in the muddle of these traditions, trapped by emotions, wrapped in tension and fear that they will be forgotten — once again — by friends and family.

There seems to be a Great Need out there, to minister CHRIST JESUS to hurting hearts… and those hurting hearts are WIDE OPEN AT CHRISTMAS TIME … regardless of how we personally  feel about Christmas.

 

Thus, Followers of JESUS need not hide behind closed shutters and well-draped windows like some do on halloween.

No, Followers of JESUS might rather be on the look-out for those sad faces and teary, wistful eyes they encounter here and there during this “merry” season of the year.

Followers of JESUS might rather make some inquiries around their neighborhood, churches, laundromats, or other places they frequent to search out the poor, the handicapped, the forgotten, the empty.

Then said HE+ also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

But when thou makest a feast,

call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

Luke 14: 12-14, Courtesy of BibleGateway

 

Not everybody can have strangers in their home, at their banqueting table … but rest assured, there is SOMETHING that The LORD will lead the willing heart to do , to minister His+ Love and Good News to the empty and hurting at this season.

We do not do this in the name of “Christmas” ; that is simply the vehicle that presents itself to us, to carry forth the Salvation message of JESUS to the lonely and lost ones.

Hearts, for some reason,

are more open

to Receive

the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST

during Christmas,

than at any other season

of the year.

 

We minister in the Name of CHRIST JESUS, the ONE+ Who+ left His+ Throne in Glory to come to this dying earth to Redeem human beings. HE+ Robed HIMSELF+ in human flesh , with all its pain,  in order to minister His+ Life, His+ Love to this tragic and wounded world.

The hurting ones

NEED

to know that Truth.

 

  • If we are forced to attend a family dinner, then let us invite one of the hurting ones to go along with us, redeeming the time — for they cannot repay you in either food or invitation for THEIR family get-together, for they may have neither.

  • If we cannot invite strangers into our midst for the family banquet , then can we cook a meal and take it TO A HUNGRY FAMILY, as a “Christmas” present … along with  some literature to introduce them to CHRIST ?

  • If we cannot cook a meal, can we take a plate of “Christmas” cookies to the elderly shut-in … and visit with them a couple of minutes ? [ Stores have ample supplies of seasonal goodies, if baking Christmas cookies is a hindrance.]

  • And just to show them JESUS has not forgotten them, could we ask if they had any prayer needs ? Would they like a visit every week to pray and study the Bible together, just to show that this Follower of JESUS has not forgotten them, either ?

  • If we cannot devote the time to visit, then can we supply a JESUS DVD*** to a handicapped “friend” we just happen to meet ?

  • If we cannot supply a JESUS DVD, then can we send a “Christmas” card to an unknown neighbor, perhaps not a speaker of English, with a friendly message in their own language (found via the internet search engines) — and include a couple of JESUS tracts**** in it ?

  • If our neighbors are all Saved in CHRIST, then are  we sufficiently supplied that we could include a $1 bill or  $5 bill in a “Christmas” card to a homeless stranger we see on the sidewalk — along with that tract ?

  • If NOTHING ELSE presents itself for ministry, then can we dine on soup and crackers on Christmas Day and send the saved money to a Christian out-reach ministry like Voice of the Persecuted or some ministry where JESUS is Lifted up ?

People who are hurting HIDE.

But they are not hidden from The LORD.  HE+ knows who they are and where.

HE+ also knows …

 …. who is His+ faithful servant among us, the one HE+ can tap and say, ” Go to that person; she is hurting now. Show her My+ Care and give her the Gospel message of Salvation.”

 No, we need not forsake the truth about where Christmas originated as we minister The LORD to others. JESUS NEEDS TO REMAIN THE FOCUS. We are freed from maintaining the many traditions accompanying  Christmas. But to so many…

 

“Christmas” is the only thing

they know about Christianity.

 

Let’s change that.  

It is not better doctrine they need; it is better WITNESSES TO CHRIST JESUS.

Let us SEEK THE LORD to see what HE+ would have us do to Redeem the Time during this Christmas Season. Let us all DO WHAT WE CAN  to bring others into the Flock of CHRIST.

 

Preach the Word+;

In Season and out.

 

In the Name of The FATHER Who created us; and HIS HOLY SON+ JESUS CHRIST, Who+ Saves us; and the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT, Who sanctifies us. Amen.

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*** DVD:  JESUS: HE+ LIVED AMONG US is an excellent, high-quality animated DVD, action-packed so children like to watch it as well as adults. It starts out with the Apostle John  on the Isle of Patmos, aged now, telling about his (flashback) experiences with The LORD JESUS. It comes in SEVERAL LANGUAGES for those who cannot speak English, as well as English. It is reasonably priced from the Voice of the Martyrs website.

**** TRACTS: Chick Tracts are excellent evangelistic tools. They are small “comic-book” type tracts, with a true-to-life story-line that leads a person to CHRIST. Brother Jack Chick culled the stories out of his many encounters with the unredeemed. His website features many tracts and they are AVAILABLE TO READ ON LINE, so one can see what is in the tract. Reasonably priced, also. THEY COME IN A VARIETY OF LANGUAGES.

 



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  1. Traditions = deception. The whole western calendar is pagan.

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    • Yes, dear Brother… you are CORRECT and I am 100% in agreement with you.

      BUT… WHAT are we to do for the people who are HURTING so badly at this time of year … including a lot of Christians, elderly, wounded, lonely, and forgotten, grieving over lost loved ones or disenfranchised by their families ?

      Yes, it is pagan. Yes, the church has confused this issue ( and a lot more important ones, I might add ). BUT… WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO about the fall-out, the debris-trail of HURT that so many ,many people experience ?

      Do we turn our face away from the wounded ones, like the Priest and Levite did …. or do we STEP IN THE GAP and help heal , like the GOOD SAMARITAN so commended by Our LORD ? Do we STOP OBEYING CHRIST JESUS because the calendar is pagan? ( A fact, yes, but one that very few realize.)

      When people are hurting … be it from a destructive tornado that has torn their house apart or from the non-caring, cold, commercial “holiday” which purports to offer something IT DOES NOT HAVE TO GIVE …. should not we Christians enter in the picture and IN THE NAME OF CHRIST JESUS offer loving-kindness, care, a visit perhaps, or a plate of cookies … and tell them about JESUS’ CARE and the HOPE of Eternal Life ?

      No, we DON’T DO “Christmas” but we DO CHRIST JESUS and HIM+ Crucified… in season and out.

      People have their hearts WIDE OPEN at this season. When the false disappoints the fragile ones in our society, then the TRUE+ need to step in …. with the Truth+ of HOPE IN CHRIST. They are NOT forgotten; JESUS said, ” I+ will not leave you orphans; I+ will come to you.” ( John 14:18, GK )

      And, whenever HE+ might have come to planet earth robing HIMSELF+ in flesh, HE+ brought His+ Light and Life with HIM+ for each and every one of us.

      That’s WHAT we share and that’s WHY we share HIM+ …. in season or out.

      May The PEACE of The LORD rest upon us, as we seek to do His+ Will during this season … and all seasons.

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