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Keep the Christ in Christmas

At 52, I am still moved with the wonder of Christmas. The true story of the birth of Christ towers above the greatest adventure tale ever written. From the prophecies foretelling His arrival, to the integrity and valor of Mary’s husband Joseph, the tough journey of the Magi, the heavenly invasion announcing His birth to the shepherds, and the faith of a young girl embracing her miraculous assignment that was conceived of the Holy Spirit. WOW!

I would like to take this opportunity to address what it really means to keep the Christ in Christmas; I want us to look beyond the manger. Just as there were prophecies leading up to His birth, there were three significant ones told by three gifts given shortly after He was born. Gifts that should cause us pause and look far beyond the manger; gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Myrrh was used for embalming; myrrh was the gift that foretold of His death. Our Savior had to die so we could live. This gift causes us to see beyond the manger and see the Savior of the world.

John 3:16 tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Frankincense -- an incense used by a priest. Frankincense was the gift that pointed to Jesus our Great High Priest, a High Priest who can relate to us in every area of our life. One who knows our every struggle and sin yet still loves us, intercedes and has made a way for us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says: “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Gold -- a gift for a King! A King who defeated death, hell and the grave. A King who wants to share all the riches, power and authority of His Kingdom. A King who calls you kings and joint heirs, not subjects. A King who is more excited about you than you could ever be about Him. A King who wants to set up His throne in your heart!

Revelation 19:16 says: “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

I want to challenge you to see beyond the manger; allow Him to be your Savior, your High Priest and your King. It is Jesus ruling in your hearts, that keeps the Christ in Christmas.

That’s the Kingdom Perspective!

-- Kingdom Life Christian Church meets 10:30 a.m. every Sunday, 825 9th St. W in Bradenton, just across the street from Turner Donuts; 941-776-0026 www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org.

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